In the pouring rain, a storm sewer pipe 10-ft in diameter discharges dirty water into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

History Of An Acronym – MS4

The program regulates cities and other entities that manage storm sewer systems and is administered in our state by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The graceful arches of native plants bending under snow provide beauty and wildlife habitat in residential landscapes during the winter.

Under The Snow, Gardens Wait To Grow

On February 20, Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes will hold its annual Design with Nature Conference in St. Paul at St. Thomas University. The event is an opportunity for gardeners, native plant enthusiasts, habitat restorationists, and landscape designers to learn more about gardening with native plants and making use of residential landscapes to improve habitat for birds and pollinators, and keep stormwater pollution out of local lakes, rivers and wetlands.

A buffer along a ditch in an agricultural area.

Water News For The New Year

This year, BWSR awarded 64 new grants totaling $11.7 million. Seven of the projects are in areas draining directly or indirectly to the St. Croix River.

Locally, watershed management organizations – Brown’s Creek, Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix, Middle St. Croix, South Washington, and Valley Branch – are all in the process of updating their 10-year management plans.

A view from the top - Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights

From The Tip-top Of Mount Crumpit

At the peak, I paused a moment to catch my breath and then, I put a hand to my ear. I heard a sound rising up from the valley. It started in low. Then it started to grow. A tiny Who down in Whoville was singing a song and his little voice rose up through the trees.

Too much salt wrecks your shoes, contaminates our water, and doesn't melt the ice any faster.

Salting The Earth

Throughout history, pouring salt on the land has symbolized a curse not only for current inhabitants, but also for future generations.