Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization The Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Organizations manage the lakes, streams, and wetlands in 67 sq mi of Hennepin County, MN.

The Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission and the West Mississippi Watershed Management Commission are Watershed Management Organizations (WMOs) formed in 1984 using Joint Powers Agreements. The watersheds are located in the northwest portion of the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven county Metropolitan Area and are comprised of all or part of ten cities in Hennepin County.

06/18/2020
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

Learn what you can do today to keep your lake healthy!

Members of the Anoka County Water Resource Outreach Collaborative and several local lake associations co-produced and funded an animated video about lakeshore restoration and stewardship that was recently published on YouTube. https://youtu.be/dwjAoRwLrmM

06/18/2020
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

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

Spring carp removal from Ryan Creek in Robbinsdale
05/28/2020

Spring carp removal from Ryan Creek in Robbinsdale

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.

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

West Metro Water Alliance
04/22/2020

West Metro Water Alliance

Four Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day This Year | MWMO
04/21/2020
Four Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day This Year | MWMO

Four Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day This Year | MWMO

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...

West Metro Water Alliance
03/13/2020

West Metro Water Alliance

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...

West Metro Water Alliance
03/05/2020

West Metro Water Alliance

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

West Metro Water Alliance
02/26/2020
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

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/

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.

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.

West Metro Water Alliance
02/10/2020
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

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

Job Bulletin
02/10/2020
Job Bulletin

Job Bulletin

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...

West Metro Water Alliance
02/05/2020

West Metro Water Alliance

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

West Metro Water Alliance
01/29/2020

West Metro Water Alliance

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

West Metro Water Alliance
01/29/2020

West Metro Water Alliance

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.

01/10/2020
CCX News January 3, 2020

Check it out! Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale has received a $216,000 grant to help efforts to reduce nutrients and get the lake off the state "impaired waters list"! See how Shingle Creek will partner with the City and residents to manage nutrients in the lake. Excess nutrients are phosphorus - this can come from fertilizer, organic material like grass clippings and leaves, and animal waste. Keep these items from going down the storm drain to protect your local lake and creeks!

Section starts at about 2:12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDY_qFd2Tok

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West Metro Water Alliance
01/09/2020
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

Looking for active artists in Hennepin County for a Art for Water Stewardship program!

Are you an artist with a strong connection to water? Do you want to inspire others through your art to appreciate and protect the health of the waters we share? Consider joining the inaugural artist cohort of the Master Water Stewards (MWS) program.


https://masterwaterstewards.org/art-for-water-stewardship/?doing_wp_cron=1578601780.2332880496978759765625

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
01/03/2020

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Here's a good example of why salt doesn't work for removing snow. Even after the property owner applied a very large amount of salt, you can see that the sidewalk still is not clear. Even worse, the salty slush has made the pavement slippery, and all that excess salt is likely to damage clothing and/or pets' paws. Did you know that 78% of the salt we use for winter maintenance ends up in our groundwater, rivers and lakes? Always remember to shovel first, and follow our snow and ice removal tips: https://www.mwmo.org/learn/stormwater-101/what-you-can-do/snow-ice-removal/

Lots of critters out this winter foraging for food in our local habitat!Photo credit: Sally Strand
12/27/2019

Lots of critters out this winter foraging for food in our local habitat!
Photo credit: Sally Strand

"...despite last winter being one of the snowiest on record, Mayo reduced its salt use by 60 percent from the previous w...
12/06/2019
Mayo Clinic goes on low-salt diet — for roads and sidewalks

"...despite last winter being one of the snowiest on record, Mayo reduced its salt use by 60 percent from the previous winter."

Every day, thousands of patients come to Mayo Clinic in Rochester seeking medical care, so it’s no place for dangerously icy sidewalks or parking lots. Yet despite last winter being one of the snowiest on record, Mayo reduced its salt use by 60 percent from the previous winter.

Metro Blooms
12/05/2019
Metro Blooms

Metro Blooms

Know any teens (14–16 years) in North or Northeast Minneapolis interested in the environment and conservation? The Mississippi River Green Team is looking for new team members. The program provides a mentored job experience and a chance to gain skills and knowledge in the environmental field. We love working with the Green Team! Last summer 14 members earned our Blue Thumb Sustainable Landcare Training certificate! More info:

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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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