NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHTS

What does water-friendly landscaping look like? How is it maintained? These questions and many more are explored in this series with participants from VLAWMO's cost-share program. 

Each project is a creative blend of aesthetics, drainage strategies, soil conditions, and property goals. Whether the project is large and complex or small and compact, practical or whimsical, each project is a valuable addition to the watershed. VLAWMO is truly thankful for the residents and business who've offered to tell their story and bring others into the learning process!

Raingardens, Shoreline Restorations, and Native Plantings

Medium sized raingarden custom designed around home foundation. Rainbarrel connections and wet basement solutions.

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Vegetated play area, field prairie, and large raingardens (3) featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants.

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Small raingarden with dry creek redirecting stormwater runoff away from home, wet yard solutions.

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Multi-phase shoreline restoration including native plantings and alternative turf.

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Multi-basin raingarden with sump pump basement connection.

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Multiple raingardens including a French underdrain and overflow features into Lambert Creek. Front yard prairie planting.

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Small raingarden basins linked together, large front yard native planting, backyard native planting.

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A Zen-inspired raingarden featuring native mosses and several drainage and grading strategies.

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Sam

Pop-up raingarden, dry creek erosion control, native sedge groundcover, native shade planting.

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Shaded woodland planting with native plants and groundcovers.

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Large full sun raingarden paired with a native planting.

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Underground downspout connection beneath parking lot, raingarden, slope stabilization.

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Small and medium raingardens (4), alternative turf yard, backyard prairie.

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Shared multi-property raingarden, pollinator garden, and a small raingarden featuring a sump pump connection.

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A prairie integrated with a septic system mound plus a part sun/shade slope repair.

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Small front yard raingarden taking rooftop runoff.

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Watershed Stewardship

Insight from local resident Bob Winkler on his water-friendly winter maintenance and Adopt-a-Drain efforts.

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Bob

Frassati Academy's watershed stewardship has included planting, education, and even a musical approach!

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Connie and her granddaughter share about their experience helping with adopt-a-drain in White Bear Lake.

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A storytelling series that briges art, water, and community.

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