MWMO Newsletter - Winter 2018

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Mississippi Watershed Management Organization


Hall's Island restoration in progress

Amid frigid temperatures, Hall's Island rises again

Last fall, contractors broke ground on a project to restore Hall’s Island — a historic island destroyed by industrial development more than half a century ago. Workers are moving more than 60,000 tons of soil and sand for the project, which will transform a degraded industrial area into a new, habitat-rich park amenity in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. Visit our website to learn more about the restoration and monitor its progress through our construction camera feed.

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The latest stories and project highlights from the MWMO blog:

Great partnerships made 2017 a successful year

Hall's Island project partners

Everything we do to protect and improve our water quality and habitat depends on the strength of our partnerships. As the year draws to a close, we look back on some of the year's most memorable projects — and the partnerships that made them happen. (Read more…)

EcoVillage Apartments makes green living affordable

EcoVillage Apartments

A new North Minneapolis housing complex offers affordable housing designed with the latest green building technologies. See how it helps keep pollution out of the Mississippi River, and how it's helping to transform a once crime-ridden neighborhood. (Read more…)

Fighting erosion and restoring shoreline in Fridley

An erosion pin along the Mississippi River bank

An Anoka County park with 7,000 feet of Mississippi River shoreline is getting some much-needed environmental upgrades. See how we're using bioengineering, erosion monitoring techniques, and a good old-fashioned raingarden at Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley. (Read more…)

Friends turn stormwater problem into a cistern solution

Master Water Stewards standing next to cistern

Master Water Stewards Brittany Faust and Kristine Maurer solved a drainage problem at a local cafe by creating a beautiful, sustainable landscape. Read about their award-winning project that turned the building's stormwater runoff into a resource. (Read more…)

Art project inspires community to protect the river

Children painting a trash can

Local artist Rebecca Krueger was fed up with seeing trash blowing through the streets of her Columbia Heights neighborhood. So, she partnered with local officials to install a pair of trash cans — but these are no ordinary trash cans. (Read more…)

Church’s raingarden project empowers and educates

Judson Church raingarden dedication ceremony

Judson Memorial Baptist Church recently installed three raingardens — and started growing water stewards of all ages in the process. Read about this fun and inspiring Mini Grant project in South Minneapolis. (Read more…)

Four Simple Steps to a Pollution-Free Winter

Chloride from road salt is a major source of water pollution. You can help fight this toxic pollutant by being smart about how you keep your sidewalks and driveways clear.

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1. Shovel

Clear walkways before snow turns to ice. Apply salt only if needed.

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2. Select

Salt doesn't melt ice below 15 degrees F. Use sand for traction when it's too cold, or use a different deicer.

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3. Scatter

Use salt only where critical. Aim for 3 inches of space between salt granules.

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4. Sweep

Clean up leftover salt, sand and deicer to save and reuse as needed.

Interested in learning more? Looking for some resources to help teach others? Check out our snow and ice removal page.

Events and Updates

Upcoming events, opportunities and grant application deadlines:

Apply for a Mini Grant!

Mini Grants are available for short-term or small-scale water quality projects. The grant amount may not exceed $3,000. No matching funds are required. Pre-applications are due Friday, February 16.

Want to learn more about our Mini Grant program? Join us this Thursday, January 11, for a free information session.

North Metro Home and Garden Show

Visit us at the North Metro Home and Garden Show on Saturday, January 27, and learn how to keep your sidewalks and driveways clear the smart way!

2018 Road Salt Symposium

Learn about the latest innovations in road salt application and technology, and consider new challenges on the horizon at the 2018 Road Salt Symposium on February 8.

Job Openings

The MWMO is seeking a Part-Time Administrative Assistant! Join our team and put your skills to work helping run an efficient office. Applications due Friday, January 26.

Internships (Coming Soon)

In February, the MWMO will be posting several internship opportunities. To be notified when new jobs become available, sign up for our employment opportunities email list.

New Videos

Don't follow us on social media? You might have missed these recent videos:

SART cleanup

St. Anthony Village Stormwater Research Facility Cleanout

What does a year's worth of stormwater pollution look like? See for yourself. (Watch on YouTube)

Stream table demonstration

Stream Table Demonstration and Time Lapse

A group of high school students recently stopped by to try out an EmRiver stream table. (Watch on YouTube)

Virtual reality simulation

Virtual Reality Landscape at Mill City Church in Minneapolis

Mill City Church members recently experienced their new landscape plan in virtual reality. (Watch on YouTube)