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Green Streets for Blue Waters

Hello All,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants of the Bloomington Green Streets for Blue Waters program for taking part in this important project and give everyone else a quick overview of all that’s been accomplished!

Over the last two years, Metro Blooms, in partnership with the City of Bloomington and the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District, worked with residents to design and install a vegetated bioswale and 18 curb cut raingardens in Bloomington neighborhoods that drain to the Minnesota River.

Bloomington GSBW 2013-14

Curb cut raingardens are uniq20140919_101426ue in that they not only capture runoff from the property itself but from the street as well.  The project area was selected because it is adjacent to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Individual sites were selected based on site suitability and resident participation. In total, during an average year with 30″ of rainfall, the completed practices:

  • Treat stormwater runoff from 55.42 acres
  • Remove over 3,500 pounds of solids
  • Remove 8.5 pounds of phosphorous and
  • Infiltrate 1.9 million gallons of runoff

The solids and phosphorus removed would otherwise end up in the Minnesota River, causing algae blooms which deplete oxygen and diminish aquatic habitat when they decompose. The millions of gallons of runoff infiltrated reduces flooding and recharges groundwater to ultimately reach the Minnesota River clean and cool.  In addition the bioswale and raingardens beautify City neighborhoods and provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.  This project was made possible by funds from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment and local matching funds.

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