MWMO Newsletter - August 2021 - News, Events, Job Opportunities, Training and More

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Mississippi Watershed Management Organization


Paddlers at Share the River Nordeast

Join Us Tomorrow for Share the River Nordeast!

Join us tomorrow evening for an evening of community, canoeing and cookies! 

Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a free introductory canoe ride on the Mississippi River, then grab a free cookie and enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities at our Stormwater Park and Learning Center.

This family-friendly event is great for kids and adults of all ages. (Please note that you must weigh at least 30 lbs. in order to fit the provided life jackets. All participants will be required to wear masks while in the canoes.)

See our website for details and directions.

Find Out More

Now Hiring: Administrative and Operations Specialist

MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center building.

Come work with us! The MWMO is looking for an Administrative and Operations Specialist to join our team.

The Administrative and Operations Specialist acts as the first point of contact for the MWMO office and performs a variety of administrative functions and clerical services to assist in the efficient operation of the MWMO facility.

See our job posting for full details. Applications are due next Friday, August 27, 2021.

Columbia Golf Course and Park Project Nears Completion

Aerial view of golf course infiltration basin.

Restoration work is wrapping up at the Columbia Golf Course and Park, but September will bring one final temporary traffic detour on Central Avenue NE as crews install an additional stormwater pretreatment unit (similar to this one installed nearby in fall 2020).

Many park amenities reopened in late July, including the newly repaved pedestrian and shared-use trails along 5th Street NE and the parking lot off of Columbia Parkway.

Our latest project update has all the latest details. (For background info on the project and updated photos, see our project page.)

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Clean Water Fund.

Upcoming Smart Salting Trainings (Online)

MnDOT snow plow spreading salt

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Smart Salting Trainings teach winter maintenance pros how to save money, time, and reduce salt while maintaining safety.

The MWMO is hosting the following online training events:

Not available on those dates? Check the MPCA's calendar for additional smart salting training opportunities.

Grant Application Deadline Reminders

Capital Project Grants — Due Friday, October 29, 2021
Action Grants — Due Friday, November 5, 2021
Community Grants — Due Friday, December 3, 2021

If you'd like to get reminders about upcoming grant application deadlines and information sessions delivered to your inbox, sign up for our Capital Project Grants and/or Stewardship Fund Grants email lists.

Featured Project

Hoyer Heights Tree Trenches

A boulevard tree trench with native plants.

The Hoyer Heights Tree Trenches were installed by the City of Minneapolis as part of a street reconstruction project in 2020. Supported by grants from the MWMO and the Minnesota Clean Water Fund, the pilot project is among the first in the city to capture and treat street runoff using this type of stormwater best management practice (BMP).

The project has showcased the resiliency of native plants during a drought, as the barely one-year-old tree trenches are bursting with flowering native plants and buzzing pollinators in spite of months of hot, dry weather.

The project is also part of the Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative, which aims to reduce flooding and improve water quality and habitat in portions of Northeast Minneapolis and Columbia Heights.

Learn more on our project page and check out the latest photos on Flickr.