Rain gardens are improving water quality

Rain gardens are a cost-effective best management practice (BMP) to reduce storm water runoff pollution from reaching water resources.  Rain gardens reduce the degradation of water bodies by holding and infiltrating storm-water runoff that would otherwise drain (untreated) to the creek.

SAND CREEK RAIN GARDENS (Coon Creek Watershed District)  Nine (9) curb-cut rain gardens were installed in a Coon Rapids residential neighborhood where storm water runs off into Sand Creek.  The rain gardens are part of a watershed project to protect and improve the quality of the creek.  The Anoka Conservation District (ACD) and the Coon Creek Watershed District identified this cost-effective stormwater BMP to demonstrate how residents and the community can cooperate in protecting our water resources while improving our neighborhoods.  For more information see the 2012 Sand Creek Rain Gardens project profile factsheet (4 Mb) or contact the Anoka Conservation District at 763-434-2030.

WEST MOORE LAKE (Rice Creek Watershed District)   Water quality monitoring has indicated that West Moore Lake is barely meeting state water quality standards. The goal of this project was to improve water quality and enhance residents’ recreation experiences in the future.  If you are interested in learning more about raingardens, please visit the Blue Thumb website. The RCWD offers a Best Management Practices grants and technical support for residents interested in Best Management Practices that improve water quality.  Call the RCWD for more information at 763-398-3070.

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