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.

06/17/2020
Alternative Lawns

Tired of mowing and watering your lawn? Take the easy way out and improve pollinator habitats, water resources, and air quality all at the same time!
Credit: Bassett Creek WMC, educator Dawn Dubats Pape
https://youtu.be/8uVsRmzkfis

Tired of mowing and watering your lawn? Take the easy way out and improve pollinator habitats, water resources, and air quality all at the same time!

06/17/2020
Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

Rain gardens are great, and they need maintenance. Here's one way you can keep a rain garden absorbing and filtering water well.

Raingardens are gardens that can handle being periodically flooded that serve as water filters. This raingarden filters about 133,338 gallons of stormwater runoff each year and prevents 250 pounds of algae from growing in nearby waters. It only takes minutes each year to maintain one. Take a look!

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization
05/28/2020

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

Spring carp removal from Ryan Creek in Robbinsdale

Adopt-a-Drain MN
05/25/2020

Adopt-a-Drain MN

Getting outside and cleaning your storm drain is a great opportunity to teach kids about water quality! These super sweepers are clearing away debris that would otherwise end up in our local waterways.😃👏 (Photo cred: Kristen Satre Meyer)‎

05/24/2020
Washington Conservation District

Washington Conservation District

This week’s adventure comes to you from Oak Park Heights. Strap on a helmet and join water educator Angie Hong and she shreds the MTB trails at Valley View Park.

Enjoy this extreme adventure & keep the water clean Minnesota!

City of Oak Park Heights
Adopt-a-Drain MN
#mountainbiking #mtbtrails #singletrack #familyfriendly #stcroixvalley #getoutside #nature #cleanwater #stormwater #adoptadrain

Lake water quality sampling has opened up for the year!
05/21/2020

Lake water quality sampling has opened up for the year!

Lake sampling day in the watershed.

05/19/2020
CCX Media

CCX Media

The Single Creek Watershed Management Commission started treating curly-leaf pondweed in Bass Lake in Plymouth last week. A chemical herbicide will try to stop the invasive species that overtakes habitat and chokes out native aquatic plants.

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

Curly-leaf pondweed treatment set to begin on Bass Lake
05/19/2020
Curly-leaf pondweed treatment set to begin on Bass Lake

Curly-leaf pondweed treatment set to begin on Bass Lake

COVID-19 Notice: Community health and safety is our priority. As a precaution, city offices/facilities have closed and some events have been canceled. Read more.

What is a Watershed? Check out this great tutorial from Wolf Ridge Learning Center.
05/08/2020
Watersheds

What is a Watershed? Check out this great tutorial from Wolf Ridge Learning Center.

Let's dive into water and see how it flows!

04/22/2020
http://www.mwmo.org/news/four-things-you-can-do-to-celebrate-earth-day-this-year/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdeliver...
04/21/2020
Four Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day This Year | MWMO

http://www.mwmo.org/news/four-things-you-can-do-to-celebrate-earth-day-this-year/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

On April 22, 2020, the world will celebrate the 50th annual Earth Day. Since 1970, Earth Day has helped raise awareness and motivate people and governments to take action on various environmental issues including water conservation, deforestation, climate change, habitat loss and pollution. Communit...

Great way to help your local water resources right now, while getting out to enjoy sunshine and a nice walk.  Just bring...
03/31/2020
Community Cleanup Lifts Spirits - Clean Water Minnesota

Great way to help your local water resources right now, while getting out to enjoy sunshine and a nice walk.
Just bring a trash bag with you!
https://www.cleanwatermn.org/community-cleanup-lifts-spirits/?utm_source=ws-west-mississippi&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=2020-March2-Blog

When she spotted trash in her neighborhood, Minneapolis resident Taylor Tolbert was inspired to invite her neighbors to join her in a community cleanup.

Help Protect Pollinators by Holding Off on Your Spring Garden Cleanup Activitieshttps://www.mwmo.org/news/help-protect-p...
03/24/2020
Help Protect Pollinators and Clean Water with these Eco-Friendly Spring Yard Care Tips | MWMO

Help Protect Pollinators by Holding Off on Your Spring Garden Cleanup Activities
https://www.mwmo.org/news/help-protect-pollinators-and-clean-water-with-these-eco-friendly-spring-yard-care-tips/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

To the casual observer, a garden in early spring might not look too impressive: bunches of dead plant stalks and flowers bent over a soggy mat of fallen leaves. But there’s a lot going on beneath the surface of these seemingly lifeless landscapes. In fact, during the winter our seemingly “dead.....

03/13/2020
03/10/2020
03/05/2020
Our Groundwater Connection - Washington County, MN

Our Groundwater Connection - Washington County, MN

Did you know that groundwater provides 100% of our drinking water in Washington County? Learn the basics about groundwater - where it is, how we access it fo...

The featured plant of the month is native Currants!  These shrubs are great at providing food, cover and habitat for a v...
03/05/2020

The featured plant of the month is native Currants! These shrubs are great at providing food, cover and habitat for a variety of wildlife. Check it out!
https://bwsr.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/2020-03/Featured%20Plant%20March%202020%20Various%20Currants.pdf

Map your plantings!  Our partner, Blue Thumb, has a new tool to map native, raingarden, and other pollinator habitat pla...
02/26/2020
Map Your Completed Project – Blue Thumb

Map your plantings! Our partner, Blue Thumb, has a new tool to map native, raingarden, and other pollinator habitat plantings! Part of the #Lawnstolegumes program. This lets us see where we still need habitat and where existing habitat connections can be found.

The first round of individual funding for Lawns to Legumes plantings ends this Friday 2/28/20 with grants awarded in March for spring plantings. Another round will open March 1 for fall plantings. Apply for a cost-share grant for planting by following this link and choosing Apply for Assistance!
https://bluethumb.org/map-your-completed-project/

Whether or not your pollinator habitat was funded through Lawns to Legumes, we are gathering data about existing plantings throughout…

Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water
02/26/2020

Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water

Registration is now open for our resilient yards workshops for do-it-yourselfers! This year we’ll have more focus on planting for pollinators and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources' #Lawns2Legumes program offering cost-share grants and other support for state residents to create pollinator habitat in their yards. To see the schedule and register: https://bluethumb.org/events/

Image by Diane Guzman, an artist and senior at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as part of a partnership between MCAD and the Lawns to Legumes program to create artwork showcasing the program. “Our world is changing, and we need to be the best that we can be to help save it and the living animals as well — in this case, the rusty patched bumble bee,” Guzman says. More about Guzman and other MCAD artists in the partnership: https://bluethumb.org/lawns-to-legumes/featured-mcad-artists/

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
02/21/2020

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Got an icy sidewalk? Worried about slips and falls? Why not try putting down some chicken grit? This crushed stone product (also sold as "traction grit") is an increasingly popular alternative to sand, which tends to be finer and smoother. Supporters say chicken grit's coarseness makes it more effective than sand at providing traction, as well as easier to clean up after the ice melts.
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Salt and deicing chemicals are a source of water pollution, and are frequently over-used. They're also often ineffective in extreme low temperatures like the ones we have this week. Instead, you can use sand or chicken grit to provide some traction on icy pavement, and then sweep it up and reuse it later.⠀
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Chicken grit can be found at many local hardware stores and home centers. It is traditionally used as a digestive aid for chickens — hence the name.

Adopt-a-Drain MN
02/21/2020
Adopt-a-Drain MN

Adopt-a-Drain MN

The first day of spring is only a month away and we are so excited to see all the beautiful native plants start to bloom! Many native plants have deep roots systems that decrease erosion and filter stormwater, nutrients, and pollutants that would otherwise end up in our lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams.

Break
02/17/2020

Break

He's a friend of mine

Adopt-a-Drain MN
02/14/2020

Adopt-a-Drain MN

Do you know which chemicals are in your ice-melt product? Different deicers work in different temperature ranges. Learn how to fight snow and ice the smart way!

Hennepin County just opened the position of Environmental Education and Outreach intern. Great summer opportunity for so...
02/10/2020
Job Bulletin

Hennepin County just opened the position of Environmental Education and Outreach intern.
Great summer opportunity for someone enrolled in a senior level undergraduate program in the environment, natural sciences, or a related field.
This person will help with our Green Partners and Residential Organics Recycling grant programs, assist with tours at HERC (garbage incinerator), and support the county’s other environmental education work.
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/hennepin/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=2706048

Hennepin County's Environment and Energy Department is seeking a candidate with an undergraduate degree to fill an Environmental Education and Outreach Internship position. The intern will gain environmental education and community engagement skills while supporting the county's environmental outrea...

This month's featured native is the Common Evening Primrose!  With a bloom time of June-November, it's one of the longes...
02/05/2020

This month's featured native is the Common Evening Primrose! With a bloom time of June-November, it's one of the longest flowering native plants in Minnesota.

Learn more at this link!
https://bwsr.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/2020-01/Featured%20Plant%20February%202020%20Evening%20Primrose.pdf

FREE Smart Salter Workshop in Plymouth!Who should attend?• Private winter maintenance contractors• Property owners and m...
01/29/2020

FREE Smart Salter Workshop in Plymouth!

Who should attend?
• Private winter maintenance contractors
• Property owners and managers
• Snowplow drivers
• Parking lot, sidewalk, & trail maintenance staff from counties, cities, park districts & school districts

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission and the City of Plymouth are hosting a free Smart Salting Certification Course on Friday March 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (the “snow date” backup is March 13th). Attendees will receive a complimentary light breakfast and lunch and a “Winter Maintenance for Parking Lots and Sidewalks” manual. Participants can take an optional exam to earn the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Level I Smart Salting Certification. Certified individuals will be listed on the MPCA website.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-salting-for-parking-lots-and-sidewalks-registration-90359364291

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
01/19/2020
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

How long does it take for stormwater runoff to get from your street to the Mississippi River? Our new tool uses modeling data to reveal stormwater's hidden journey through our stormsewers.

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3235 Fernbrook Lane N
Plymouth, MN
55447

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(763) 553-1144

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