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Rainwater Harvesting, Stormwater Mitigation

Urban runoff is the number one cause of pollution in our lakes, rivers and streams. What’s more, it’s estimated that 50% of a Minnesota home’s water use is for exterior irrigation. We’re buying municipal water and letting the free water run down the street. There are many small things each of us can do to reduce the amount of water leaving our properties and carrying pollutants and excess nutrients through storm drain systems to our beloved lakes, including rainwater harvesting systems that capture and store rainwater for reuse later.
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Stormwater Runoff Management Engages the Entire Family

Today’s blog was submitted by Donovan Peterson. Donvan is a sixth-grade student at Annunciation Catholic School in Minneapolis. Donovan and his family participated in the Blue Community Makeover for Diamond Lake. “Our family had a RainXchange system installed, added two raingardens to our yard and set up a rain barrel during the Go Blue for Diamond Lake project. I went to the first meeting and really wanted to do the RainXchange because ever since I was little I have wanted a waterfall or pond.” Continue reading

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