Education: Landscaping for Clean Water
Many people do not realize
that the storm sewer inlets on their streets
and backyards go directly to lakes, ponds, wetlands and streams without
being treated. In addition, developed areas typically have more
impervious surfaces (rooftops, driveways, and compacted lawns) meaning
more water is running off the surface rather than soaking into the
ground. Pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides, sediment, or trash
that can be conveyed by storm water runoff end up in our water bodies.
Several practices can diminish
the effects of excess runoff and associated pollutants. Native Gardens, rain gardens, and shoreline stabilizations
can help water soak in and filter storm water runoff. Landscaping for
Clean Water Workshops make it easy for residents interested in doing
their part to protect water quality to plan, purchase and plant native
gardens, rain gardens and shorelines with native plants.
The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District has
partnered with cities and local Watershed Management Organizations to
provide Landscaping for Clean Water courses for interested residents.
Introductory courses focus on general water quality practices of rain
gardens, native gardens, and shoreline stabilizations. Design courses
help residents plan and install a project in their own yard. Classes
are offered to residents during the winter and early spring.
Register for Landscaping for
Clean Water Classes
Financial Incentive Programs:
Landscaping for Clean Water Grants
Raingardens and Native Gardens
Blue Thumb - Planting for