The City of Minneapolis takes steps everyday to stay on top of environmental issues that affect people who live, work & visit the City. These green initiatives are an example of how everyone can make a difference to improve the water quality of our lakes, creeks and the Mississippi River. Every time it rains, you water your lawn or wash your car, stormwater carries pollutants from your lawn, sidewalk and driveway to the City’s storm drain system.
Building green roofs is way to create healthier and efficient buildings, providing great environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Find out more at the Minnesota Green Roofs Council website.
Planting trees is another way to help retain rainwater on a tree's leaves & trunk, which results in reduced stormwater runoff. Trees also soak up water in the soils through their roots, allowing soil more time & holding capacity for filtration.
Trees retain water and slow water runoff, which reduces the intensity of downstream flooding.
A rain garden is a garden with a special purpose — to reduce the amount of rain water and pollutants entering the lakes and creeks of Minneapolis, as well as the Mississippi River. Direct the rain from your roof or driveway to a rain garden and keep that rain on your property, instead of discharging to the storm drain system.
Rain gardens are typically landscaped with native plant species to our region that can survive varying wet and dry conditions, that have deep roots to improve soil conditions.
Did you know that a moderate 1" rain storm produces about 600 gallons of stormwater runoff from a roof surface of 1,000 square feet? Imagine the number of rooftops in your community and you can quickly see how much stormwater runoff is headed toward the storm drains, picking up pollutants along the way, and headed toward our lakes, creeks and the Mississippi River.
Rain barrels are one way of trapping some of this runoff. They are not only environmentally responsible, but they also help conserve water.
Minneapolis contains an abundance of the hard surfaces (also know as impervious surfaces). Pervious paving allows the stormwater runoff to infiltrate into the ground, keeping water out of our lakes, creeks and the Mississippi River.
Last updated Feb 21, 2018