New opportunities to protect our water

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Last spring, FRN resident, Lindsey Feiner, wanted to learn more about water management for her yard and reached out to landscape designer, Erika Spande, for help. As they talked about the many educational and financial resources available to homeowners, Lindsey realized this as a great opportunity—and wanted her neighbors to be able learn more, too.

Best Management Practices (BMP)

Together, Lindsey and Erika are working to organize a community project to protect our water and help FRN residents install runoff Best Management Practices (BMP) with assistance from grant funds that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) will have available to help offset homeowner costs. A meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8, that will give the community an overview of the different BMPs and general maintenance practices that they can implement to reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that moves off of their property. Community residents will have an opportunity to learn more about how they can protect the creek, lakes, and rivers in our beautiful neighborhood.

Grant Funding Options

MCWD Cost Share Program Specialist, Brett Eidem, will be present to explain grant funding options and requirements if residents choose to be a part of this project and install a BMP on their property. Landscape designer, Erika Spande, will be on hand to discuss the BMP options:

  • Raingardens and rain barrels
  • Permeable pavers
  • French drains

General maintenance practices

FRN resident Lindsey Feiner will discuss the education and outreach portion of the project that will include a community event to share and celebrate the completion of the BMP projects that are installed throughout our neighborhood.

April 1 Deadline

The deadline for expressing your interest in being a part of this exciting neighborhood project is April 1. Consultations and designs will be conducted throughout March and April, and grant applications will be submitted to MCWD in early May. This project is still in the planning stages and information about meetings, grant funding, and deadlines is developing. Stay tuned to the FRNNG Facebook and Twitter posts for more information! You can also email frnwatershed@gmail.com for more information.

Learn about water management for your yard

Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m., at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church

1620 East 46th Street, in the Gathering Room

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