Articles and Press

A collection of news, articles, and stories

Neighborhood Spotlights: 

See the stories behind our watershed improvement projects.

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Neighborhood Spotlights

Raingardens: 

Green Family: Multi-basin raingarden with sump pump basement connection. July, 2019  

Ronna Smitherman:  Large sun-exposed raingarden paired with a native planting. February, 2018

Beth Fruehling: Small raingarden with dry creek redirecting stormwater runoff away from home. May, 2018

Glander Family: Small front yard raingarden taking rooftop runoff. April, 2018 

Marlette Family: Medium sized raingarden paired with a native planting. Rainbarrel connections and wet basement solutions. September, 2020 

Shorelines/Native Plantings:

Kate Winsor: Shaded woodland planting with native plants and groundcovers. June, 2018    

Conrad and Stacey: Multi-phase shoreline restoration including native plantings and alternative turf. June, 2020  

Combinations: 

White Bear Montessori: Large raingardens (3) including trees, shrubs, and flowering plants, vegetated play area, and field prairie. September, 2018

Sharon and Peter: Small and medium raingardens, alternative turf yard, backyard prairie. August, 2019

Schmidt Family: Small raingarden basins linked together, large front yard native planting, backyard native planting. September, 2019   

Shapland Family: Pop-up raingarden, dry creek, native ground cover, native shade planting. July, 2019 - September, 2020 

Stewardship: 

Connie Winterhalter: Adopt-a-Drain for Wood Lake/Oak Knoll Pond. September, 2018     
Bob Winkler: Winter strategies for salt-free maintenance, adopt-a-drain for Goose Lake. September, 2020   

Faces of Wetlands:

Get to know our watershed and the importance of wetlands with this series on wetland plants and animals.

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Faces of Wetlands

In the News:

Coverage on watershed issues and projects.

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Recent Posts

Neighborhood Spotlight: Shapland Family

A neighborhood spotlight featuring a raingarden, shade native planting, alternative groundcover, and erosion control.

Guest Writer: River Otter Research

Claire Benson from the UMN College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Science shares her research on River Otters, parasites, and their environmental connections.

Presenting the Otter Spotter Initiative

A storymap of the otters found in the watershed, with opportunities to be involved with the spotting efforts.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Marlette Family

A look at a large raingarden blended into a native planting, complete with rainbarrels and wet basement solutions.

Volunteer Spotlight: Buckthorn Reflections

A guest blog entry reflecting on fieldwork service removing invasive buckthorn at a key watershed site.

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