West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance West Metro Water Alliance is a coalition of Hennepin County watershed management organizations focused on education for citizens.
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A partnership educating about water-related issues & how we can all help keep water clean!

Mission: The mission of the WMWA is to improve water resources through education and outreach by: • Identifying and implementing common education and outreach strategies to promote consistency of messages; • Pooling resources to undertake activities in the most cost-effective manner; and • Promoting interagency cooperation and collaboration. The actions in this West Metro Education and Outreach Plan are based around the education and outreach requirements of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s General Stormwater Permit. The following is a summary of the goals set forth for this Plan. • Provide a guide for WMOs and communities to focus their educational efforts; • Identify partnerships and opportunities to work within Hennepin County on joint educational programs; • Develop a centralized list of available information regarding water resources issues; and • Present one common, useable document for all participating communities and WMOs to help them deliver a common message to the general public.

Smart Salting for Property ManagersPlease join us for the new MPCA state certification course: Smart Salting for Propert...
05/15/2019
MPCA Smart Salting for Property Managers training

Smart Salting for Property Managers
Please join us for the new MPCA state certification course: Smart Salting for Property Managers. We will be piloting this training class on May 15th and June 5th, 9 am - 1 pm at the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District in Chanhassen MN.

Our goal is to help property managers save money and protect the water of MN. The salt used in winter maintenance is having serious side effects on infrastructure, vegetation and our lakes, rivers and ground water. Learn strategies for having safe surfaces in the winter with less salt!

We have discovered that by training winter maintenance professionals we are only partially successful at reducing salt use. One of the barriers for lower salt winter maintenance are the property managers. There has been no training available for this group. By developing this certification course we hope to a baseline of understanding between the property managers and the winter maintenance on winter maintenance best practices. This should provide a path forward with lower salt winter maintenance but providing the same level of service needed for safety.

Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District will be hosting the class. They do a wonderful job of providing refreshments/lunch for the class. The attendees will be treated very well as we work together to get them certified and test out our training materials for this brand new program!

The training is free but registration is required. Here is the link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mpca-smart-salting-for-property-managers-training-tickets-57837839535

If you have any questions feel free to call or email Connie Fortin at 763-478-3606, [email protected].

New MN Pollution Control Agency Certification for PROPERTY MANAGERS This free training is about Smart Salting and Sustainable Winter Maintenance We are running 2 tests of the new training class. Please come, give us your feedback and become certified! Please join us at one of the following training....

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization
05/15/2019

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

The Shingle Creek Commission and City of Plymouth have partnered up on two lake alum treatment projects on Bass Lake and Pomerleau Lake in the upper watershed. The treatments will improve water clarity and bind up the lake sediments to inhibit phosphorus release from the lake bottom. The suspended alum appears to turn the water turquoise. The color will fade as the alum falls thought the water column to the bottom. CCX Media did a short story on the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTb9a8HCMMM

05/14/2019

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated event that highlights the importance of trees to our environment. National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday of April. Minnesota also celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April, while individual cities celebrate on a day of their choosing.

The 2019 Maple Grove Arbor Day festival will be held Saturday, April 27 from 12 noon to 3 pm, at the Maple Grove Community Center.

Here are some really cute video thank you's from some of the fourth grade students reached by our Watershed PREP program...
05/13/2019
Mr. Willenbring's 4th grade Class

Here are some really cute video thank you's from some of the fourth grade students reached by our Watershed PREP program. Thank you Sharon Meister for being a great teacher and bringing this important message to our youth!
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Check out this Flipgrid!

Natural Shore Technologies
05/08/2019
Natural Shore Technologies

Natural Shore Technologies

Mark Your Calendars! Wed. May 15th-Sat. May 18th Native Plant Sale at our Retail Nursery! 10am-4pm 1480 Cty. Rd. 90 Independence, MN 55359

Brown's Creek Watershed District
05/02/2019

Brown's Creek Watershed District

Lake gauges are installed each spring and monitored throughout the season to track long term lake elevation trends. They can also make excellent perches! Thanks to Rick Vanzwol for these amazing pictures. Rick is a former BCWD Board manager and a current member of our Citizen's Advisory Committee.

Yikes!
04/20/2019
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Yikes!

In case you missed it: Silver carp caught in the St. Croix
From the MPR News story: “Invasive carp progressed upstream since escaping into the Lower Mississippi River in the 1970s. ... No breeding populations have been detected in Minnesota waters, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said."

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization
04/17/2019

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

Carp are congregating in Ryan Creek near France Avenue. Block nets are up, and carp removal is on the schedule for today.

04/17/2019
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Wow!

A river is more than a ribbon of water. Every creek, culvert, and trickle of water from the Appalachians to the Rockies will find its way to the Mississippi. As the largest watershed in the country, the mighty Mississippi drains 41% of the United States’ waterways.

GoEco
04/15/2019
GoEco

GoEco

Great news! #Bees are so important for preserving #biodiversity, and our crops!

Check out what GoEco is doing to save the bees, at our new, Under 18 Bees and Biodiversity volunteer program in Ireland: http://bit.ly/2D2MExr

This child's dreams may come true. Please continue to let your elected officials know how critical this issue of reducin...
04/06/2019

This child's dreams may come true. Please continue to let your elected officials know how critical this issue of reducing salt in our waters is.

Email I got today from Rep. Becker-Finn!

"I wanted to let you know that the "salt bill" has been included in our omnibus Environment & Natural Resources Finance bill! I am hopeful we can pass the bill and finally get these changes made to reduce the impact of salt on our water.

Thanks for writing and please continue to let me know about issues that are important to you!

Jamie

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn
District 42B
559 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7153"

Attention lake users: If you spot a fish kill this spring, please report it to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Re...
04/04/2019
Report fish kills

Attention lake users: If you spot a fish kill this spring, please report it to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center using the link below. Fish kills are fairly common - especially following a severe winter. Most fish kills are natural, and not cause for alarm. Researchers at the U of M will use the information to learn about fish diseases and ecosystem changes. They may even be able to isolate diseases that affect ONLY invasive carp, which may provide new management tools.
https://www.maisrc.umn.edu/report-fishkills

Fish kill events in Minnesota are widespread, and may provide clues about greater ecosystem-level issues such as Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSv), water quality degradation, climate change, and invasive species.

Today is going to be gorgeous! On your walk, please bring a broom, dustpan and a bucket to sweep up excess salt.
03/27/2019
Minnesota lawmakers aim to cut overuse of salt on roads, walkways

Today is going to be gorgeous! On your walk, please bring a broom, dustpan and a bucket to sweep up excess salt.

Bills in the House and Senate would create a state program to certify the professionals who apply salt to sidewalks and parking lots, so they know how to best control ice without using excessive salt.

Join the Hennepin County Earth Day Challenge!For the 8 days leading up to Earth Day, focus on one easy  action you can t...
03/25/2019
Celebrate Earth Day

Join the Hennepin County Earth Day Challenge!
For the 8 days leading up to Earth Day, focus on one easy action you can take to protect the environment.
https://www.hennepin.us/earth-action-challenge

Every day in the week leading up to Earth Day, we’ll focus on an action that you can take to protect the environment and connect you with resources to help you take that action.

Hennepin Environment
03/25/2019
Hennepin Environment

Hennepin Environment

As you consider the plants you introduce to your yard and landscape, consider the benefits of planting native. “There are many benefits of planting native — providing food and habitat for native birds and insects, contributing to healthier soil and water, and needing less maintenance since natives are adapted to local climates.”

This Clean Water MN article will help you read up on the importance of native plants in our community (you’ll also find a resource for how to germinate native seeds). #greenspring2019

Hennepin Environment
03/25/2019

Hennepin Environment

Local businesses can make a big difference: Bull's Horn Food And Drink in South Minneapolis applied for and received a Natural Resources Grant to improve water quality in nearby Minnehaha Creek. They have plans for a rain garden, 500-gallon cisterns, and permeable pavers. Cheers to Bull's Horn!

Our partner, the Shingle Creek Watershed Commission, has been recognized with an honorable mention for the 2019 Environm...
03/21/2019
Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

Our partner, the Shingle Creek Watershed Commission, has been recognized with an honorable mention for the 2019 Environmental Innovation Awards! Congratulations Shingle Creek!

We are pleased to announce that the Environmental Initiative has awarded the Commission with an Honorable Mention for Environmental Innovation in its 2019 Environmental Initiative Awards. While this award recognizes the Biochar- and Iron-Enhanced Sand Filter Project, it also reflects the history and willingness of the Commission and cities at adopting new strategies and technologies that advance the science and practice of stormwater management. Congratulations!
https://environmental-initiative.org/news/and-the-2019-award-winners-are/

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission
03/20/2019

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

PSSST! Want to have a great excuse to sneak outside today? Sweep up the excess salt in front of your work place before the snow melt carries it into our waters. One teaspoon of salt pollutes 5 gallons of water!

Freshwater Society
03/20/2019
Freshwater Society

Freshwater Society

Master Water Stewards SOS group is making strides to reduce our chloride pollution:

About 50 Minnesota lakes and streams are now officially listed as impaired for chloride, meaning they don’t meet water quality standards. Most are in the metro area. More are getting close to the limit. “It’s a one-way street,” said Sue Nissen, an Edina resident with a citizens’ group called StopOverSalting (SOS). “I think that’s what’s alarming about it.”

03/20/2019

Pitch in to prevent flooding and pollution. Keep your stormdrain clear and clean all year long!

Do your kids need a project for spring break? Here's an idea!
03/18/2019

Do your kids need a project for spring break? Here's an idea!

The Jr. Watershed Explorer activity books have arrived! Stop by our office to get your copy— and some for neighbors, friends, and family!

Thank you, in advance, for doing your part in keeping water clean and reducing flooding.
03/13/2019

Thank you, in advance, for doing your part in keeping water clean and reducing flooding.

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
03/12/2019

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Samples collected from local stormsewers yesterday. Notice how dark the water is. Pollutants that accumulated over the course of the winter are now being flushed through the stormsewer system by melting snow and ice. It's an unfortunate byproduct of the big spring thaw that we all look forward to. Visit our blog to learn how one pollutant in particular — chloride (a.k.a. road salt) — moves through the stormsewers this time of year. https://www.mwmo.org/blog/three-graphs-show-melting-snow-carries-chloride-waterbodies/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Mississippi%20Watershed%20Management%20Organization

Right now is a great time to adopt your nearest storm drain!  Drains clogged with ice can’t drain the water from your ...
03/12/2019

Right now is a great time to adopt your nearest storm drain! Drains clogged with ice can’t drain the water from your roadway. With a quick warm up and rain on the way, help out by shoveling the storm drain near you free of snow today.

City crews have been clearing catch basins for several weeks in priority areas prone to localized street flooding. There are 55,000 catch basins in Minneapolis. As of this afternoon, crews have cleared more than 750. Report locations of street flooding by calling 311.

03/11/2019
Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

The National Weather Service has issued an Areal Flood Watch, which includes Hennepin County. The Watch is in effect from Wednesday, March 13 to Thursday March 14, 2019.

Rain/thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall will begin to impact Hennepin County Wednesday morning, lasting through Thursday evening. Over an inch and a half of rainfall is expected county wide. Warmer air will also work into East Central Minnesota and begin to melt the snow pack. This will lead to street flooding and standing water across low lying areas across the County. The National Weather Services does NOT expect significant rises on the main stem rivers with this event. However, those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop .

Source: National Weather Service

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission
03/01/2019
Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

"...the average American’s water footprint for buying, using and throwing away consumer goods (excluding food) is 583 gallons of water per day."

It doesn't have to be, though. Find out what you can do.

Get ready to Adopt a Drain!https://www.minnehahacreek.org/blog/get-ready-%E2%80%9Cadopt-drain%E2%80%9D-your-neighborhood...
02/28/2019
Get ready to “Adopt a Drain” in your neighborhood!

Get ready to Adopt a Drain!

https://www.minnehahacreek.org/blog/get-ready-%E2%80%9Cadopt-drain%E2%80%9D-your-neighborhood?fbclid=IwAR3W8QOlAwTiTzAWrQnigzvH28drpMbJCEQUwR95JdO-Zpd2kQ0GZW2HU14

Although there is still a lot of snow on the ground, we are excited to let you know about a new program that will be launching soon: Adopt a Drain! This metro-wide program will provide you an easy way to take steps in your own neighborhood to protect your local lake, river or stream from pollution.....

Do you know a responsible high school or college student that is interested in an environmental career?  Getting paid to...
02/28/2019
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Do you know a responsible high school or college student that is interested in an environmental career? Getting paid to collect water samples and data from lakes and streams is a great place to start!

Minnehaha Creek is hiring 2 technicians for the summer! Applications are due by May 10. Click below for more info.

Join our team for the field season! We are looking for two Research & Monitoring field assistants to help collect and manage lake and stream data. Applications due March 10.

GRACE’s Water Footprint Calculator
02/28/2019
GRACE’s Water Footprint Calculator

GRACE’s Water Footprint Calculator

Want to conserve water? Add up your daily water use and get your water footprint with our online calculator, then use the tips to learn how to save water.

The time to act is now. Please click, copy, paste, and send. Super easy and super important!
02/28/2019
Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

The time to act is now. Please click, copy, paste, and send. Super easy and super important!

Did you know that chloride (salt) concentrations are above the water quality standards in 30% of the drinking water wells in the Twin Cities metro area? Please take 35 seconds to email the Ways and Means committee in support of this bill! And then please share this post.

Climate scientists have been saying all along that one of the primary effects of climate change is the disruption of the...
02/26/2019
The Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources

Climate scientists have been saying all along that one of the primary effects of climate change is the disruption of the water cycle. Since so much of everyday life is determined by hydrological systems, it is important to understand the impact that climate change is having (and will have) on drinking water supplies, sanitation, food and energy production.

Climate scientists have been saying all along that one of the primary effects of climate change is the disruption of the water cycle. Since so much of everyday life and planning is determined by hydrological…

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