Raingarden Walking Tour, Neighborhood Amenities and Clean-Water Powerhouses

Submitted by srich on Thu, Jul 12 - 6:35 PM

Participants enjoy learning how to help clean our local waters with eye-catching native plants, not to mention the frequent site of monarchs alighting on blazing star.

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Join us for this popular tour of the beautiful — and powerful — raingardens near Como Lake in St. Paul. Popular with butterflies, birds and neighbors alike, these raingardens improve the water quality of nearby Como Lake and have also significantly reduced neighborhood flooding.

The raingardens are part of the award-winning Arlington Pascal Stormwater Improvement Project. Led by Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) and the City of Saint Paul Public Works Department, this six-year, community-wide endeavor earned a 2010 Minnesota Environmental Initiative award. In addition to exceeding its water-quality goals — reducing phosphorus loading in the lake 77 pounds per year — and successfully reduce neighborhood flooding, but it brought together residents and agencies alike throughout the process and provides a neighborhood amenity that will serve to educate and inspire others for years to come.

During the tour, participants will also learn about CRWD resources to help watershed residents create their own raingardens or install their own rain barrels, from free technician visits for site planning to cost-sharing programs and stewardship grants.

Led by staff from Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) and Ramsey Conservation District, and hosted by Friends of the Mississippi River, this tour involves walking on paved park trails and sidewalks for approximately 2 miles over a two-hour time period. The tour is free and open to all, but capacity is limited to maintain a quality experience. Preregistration is required and early registration encouraged and appreciated. This webpage will be updated when the tour has reached capacity. (The meeting place will be emailed to registrants only.)

Ready to register?

To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and pre-registration required.  Please register through EventBrite by clicking the green button below:

Eventbrite - St. Paul 'Garden District' Raingarden Walking Tour

If you have any difficulty registering online, contact FMR Program Assistant Katie Clower at kclower[at]fmr.org or by selecting "Katie Clower" in the dropdown menu under "Category" in our contact form. She can also be reached at 651-222-2193 x23.

More about the project

Project partners utilized a unique cost-share system and worked across municipal borders to implement a variety of innovative stormwater management techniques including constructing the largest underground storage and infiltration tank in Minnesota, installing infiltration trenches directly under roadways, retrofitting a regional treatment pond to serve as a water feature at Como Golf Course, and creating native plant rain gardens throughout the neighborhood. Learn more from Capitol Region Watershed District!