Building Bridges' On-line Community Scrapbook
Building Bridges’ core leadership group began meeting in Fall 2010, building relationships with each other and developing a format for community conversations about race. One of Building Bridges’ action steps is the collection and preservation of stories with the goal to learn about our community’s history within the context of race. Our project is to share these stories and reflections on race in our community via an interactive website that is designed as a Community Scrapbook.
Powderhorn Lake Neighborhood of Raingardens: A Citizen Based Approach to Stormwater Management
Powderhorn Park: A Neighborhood of Raingardens uses a citizen-based approach to improve the water quality of Powderhorn Lake, an impaired water body in South Minneapolis. Major funding for the project was provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust fund. Project partners include: Metro Blooms, the City of Minneapolis, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, the Mississippi River Green Team, the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, more than 100 volunteers, and the 122 property owners in the Powderhorn and Central neighborhoods of Minneapolis who installed a raingarden in their yard in 2010.
Collect Filter Protect
As part of its Gold level LEED certification, Ramsey County Library created an innovative partnership with the Rice Creek Watershed District.
In an effort to maximize water efficiency and conservation at the renovated library in Roseville, Ramsey County Library partnered with the Rice Creek Watershed District to create a sustainable solution to preserve and protect the land, water and other natural resources. The Roseville library is also used as a demonstration site to educate the community about new ground water management techniques.
The Library's water-efficient landscaping includes large areas of native plantings that do not require irrigation, raingardens that provide onsite stormwater filtration and reduce surface runoff from paved areas, and demonstration projects to educate the public on being environmentally responsible.