MWMO Newsletter - Spring 2017 - Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

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Mississippi Watershed Management Organization


A time to make your voice heard

Doug Snyder

We live in a time of evolving challenges. Science and technologies offer new solutions to old problems. Climate change poses new problems to be addressed. And competing priorities raise new questions about how, why and to what extent we should protect our water resources.

Everyone with a stake in clean, abundant water should be a part of the discussion. This may mean engaging your neighbors, city staff and policymakers at local, state and federal levels. It may mean volunteering for an Earth Day cleanupplanting a tree or changing how you care for your lawn. It may mean writing a letter or an email to your elected representatives.

In any case, don’t be silent. Tell your community, tell us. Share your priorities for clean water.

—Doug Snyder, MWMO Executive Director


From eyesore to eye-catching, nonprofit's new parking lot fights pollution

The CDS parking lot project team.

To some, fixing a worn-out parking lot might not seem an obvious way to strike a blow for environmental justice. But Children’s Dental Services is an organization that thinks big. So when it came time to tear up the pavement at their newest clinic, the nonprofit dental care provider went above and beyond. Learn how CDS and their project team replaced an asphalt parking lot with an eye-catching, stormwater-absorbing permeable paver system. Read more...

To protect our water resources, plant a tree

Tree trunk.

Trees are the unsung heroes of urban life. It’s hard to overstate their benefits: They filter pollution out of the air, lower our energy bills, undercut the misery of summer heat, raise property values, reduce mental stress and generally enrich our lives in a variety of ways that are both surprising and well-documented. But trees provide another important benefit that is often overlooked: They play a hugely important role in protecting our water quality. Read more…

No salt required: sidewalk snowmelt system fights snow and ice

Columbia Heights Library.

If you visit the Columbia Heights Public Library after a snowfall, you might notice that the sidewalk between the parking lot and the entrance is clean, dry and safe, without any evidence of salt or deicer being used. That’s because below the concrete slabs are coils filled with antifreeze that heat the sidewalk and prevent ice from forming. No salt or sand required — and no shoveling! Read more...

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Sweeping leaves from a stormdrain

Much of the pollution that enters our waters comes directly from our front yards, according to a new University of Minnesota study. You can help reduce this pollution by practicing smarter lawn care. You can also install raingardens, rainbarrels and native plants to help manage runoff at home. Finally, as you head outside to do your spring chores, check out our list of spring cleaning tips that will help keep your yard — and our waters — healthy this year!


Share the River Nordeast.
Share the River Nordeast.

We've got an action-packed spring and summer. Mark your calendars for these exciting events brought to you by the MWMO and our partners!

Watershed by Bike | April 15, 10am-1pm — Join us for a 4.5-mile bike tour of the watershed in Northeast Minneapolis with singer, poet and cycling advocate Ben Weaver.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Home Tour | April 29, 10am-5pm — Visit our Stormwater Park and Learning Center during this year's Minneapolis-St. Paul Home Tour.

Movie in the Park: Trolls | June 17, 9pm-10:30pm — Enjoy this MWMO-sponsored screening of the animated comedy Trolls at Sheridan Park in Northeast Minneapolis.

Share the River Nordeast 2017 | June 28, 5-8pm — Back by popular demand, an evening of free ice cream, canoe rides and community on the Mississippi River.


Grant Application Deadlines

Upcoming MWMO grant application deadlines include:

Mississippi River Green Team 10th Anniversary

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the Mississippi River Green Team. See what former Green Team members have been up to on our website.

Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup

MWMO staff and Mississippi River Green Team members will be supporting this year's Earth Day Cleanup events organized by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Get involved by finding a cleanup event near you.

Paddle Share to reopen in June

The one-of-a-kind Paddle Share kayak rental program is set to re-open in early June. The MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center hosts one of several kiosks that allow visitors to rent a kayak online and paddle the Mississippi River. Stay tuned for updates.

New Exhibit: We Watch the Stream

The MWMO is proud to host a new exhibit by Full Spring Studio documenting the River Journey Project, an art-led environmental education project exploring the variety of ways that we are connected with the Mississippi River. The exhibit, which will be on display from April 10 – June 23 at our Stormwater Park and Learning Center, includes artworks and other documentation of the project, including photographs, maps, reflective writing and objects used for water interactions.

Annual Monitoring Report now available

The MWMO's 2016 Annual Monitoring Report is now available. The report documents our water quality monitoring activities for 2016. Download the full report on our website.