“Protect What You Love” video series highlights benefits of ecological landscaping with native plants in maintaining healthy shorelines and waterways

Published Jan 1, 2014  |  This is video #1 in the “Protecting What You Love” video series produced by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. This video focuses on the benefits of bioengineering techniques to create natural shorelines verses hard armoring (seawalls).

This is video #2 in the “Protecting What You Love” video series produced by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. This video focuses on the benefits of greenbelts and the use of native plants in your waterfront landscaping to protect our lakes, rivers, and streams.

This is video #3 in the “Protecting What You Love” video series produced by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. This video focuses on the benefits of using native plants in your waterfront landscaping.

For more information, visit watershedcouncil.org.

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Rain gardens need to be seen to gain popularity; this engineered seasonal pond provides beautiful, functional display of native plants

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Video shows step-by-step process for planting beneficial native plants in shoreline landscape

Published on Apr 4, 2013

How to restore a shore with native plants, trees, and shrubs is the focus of this video for contractors and landowners in Central Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Crow Wing SWCD, University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota DNR, and Thirty Lakes Watershed District partnered to produce five instructional videos about shoreline best management practices. Funding provided by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, through the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

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Best video for citizens and government officials looking to conceptualize public works projects dealing with stormwater runoff abatement with rain gardens and native plants

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Rain gardens, cisterns, rain barrels: Green infrastructure techniques saturate urban areas

Published on Sep 26, 2012 by   |  There are approximately 800 cities and towns across the country that still rely on combined sewer systems. These systems increasingly put clean water at risk because of combined sewer overflows during heavy rain storms. EPA hydrologist Dr. Bill Shuster has been testing and evaluating environmentally friendly storm water management techniques called green infrastructure — including rain gardens, cisterns and rain barrels — to reduce overflows. His research is gaining momentum around the country because cities and towns save money while protecting human and environmental health.

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Exemplary green streamway model seen in EPA video: “Making stormwater an amenity”

Published on July 31, 2012 by   |  The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a low-interest loan program that funds water quality improvement projects in each state and Puerto Rico. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) included $4 billion for the CWSRF. Twenty percent of these funds were targeted for the Green Project Reserve, which encourages communities to implement green infrastructure projects, water and energy efficiency improvements, and other environmentally innovative activities. This video highlights how the City of Lenexa, Kansas utilized CWSRF ARRA funds to construct the Central Green Streamway—an innovative stormwater management solution that protects water quality while providing recreational and educational opportunities for residents.

For more information about Clean Water State Revolving Fund projects, go to http://www.epa.gov/cleanwaterSRF

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The U.S. federal government wants you to use rain barrels

Published on Aug. 3, 2012 by   | Learn about the great dollar and environmental benefits of rain barrels; a simple and effective investment to conserve water, save money, and help the environment.
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