Friday, January 21, 2011

Report on sucessful boulevard raingarden in the Midway now available to aide Blair-Griggs RSVP residents get their FREE raingarden

This is an exciting time in the Hamline Midway neighborhood for our stormwater sustainability and for a portion of our neighborhood that will be undergoing the Residential Street Vitality Program RSVP construction in the 2011 season. Residents whose streets will be repaved this summer (Blair-Griggs RSVP Project) are eligible for FREE boulevard rain gardens with joint support from the City of St. Paul and the Capitol Region Watershed District. A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression to catch rainwater and allow it to infiltrate into the ground within 48 hours. Rain gardens contain plants that can tolerate standing water for several hours. Rain gardens help the Mississippi River's health by allowing water to infiltrate into the ground rather than run off into storm drains directly to the river.

Here are the details tolearn more: If you live in the Blair-Griggs RSVP area (between Hamline and Lexington, and Minnehaha and Thomas) and you are interested, contact Faith at the Hamline Midway Coalition to learn more. Call 651-646-1986 or email This is a fantastic deal!

To assist folks in visualizing what a boulevard raingarden looks like and how it functions, HMEG is distributing this report on the highly successful example installed by Steve Mitrione in 2010. This report, written by Steve, has photos, diagrams and explanations of the installation and performance of his boulevard raingarden. Projects like these are "win-win-wins" for improving the water quality of the Mississippi River, beautifying your yard, and assisting in the health of boulevard trees.

Please note: you may find this report easier to see if you click on the rightmost icon (a box in box) which will open the document in a new window.

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