Why Planting Helps
Native plants help clean water with their deep root systems that anchor soil and act as filters, collecting dirty run-off and separating out pollutants while absorbing water and decreasing flooding. Native plants also provide pollen, nectar, and housing materials to the bees, butterflies and other animals that are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of the food we eat.
Together we can make a significant difference in our landscapes if we all pitch in to plant a portion of our yard or business property with raingardens, restored shorelines, or native gardens. By adding diversity to plantings in our own spaces, we can connect corridors for pollinators and capture runoff to reduce pollution reaching our waters.
Click here to see what plants will grow well in your yard
Click here for a list of nurseries selling Native Plants
Raingarden Workshops by Metro Blooms
2018 Resilient Yards Workshops - Locations and dates are usually set in Febraury/March
Plymouth Home Expo - first weekend in April 2018
The West Metro Water Alliance (WMWA) is a partnership between watersheds, county, and parks agencies in northwestern Hennepin County. This partnership grew from a recognition that the individual organizations have many common education and public outreach goals and messages that could be more efficiently and effectively addressed and delivered collaboratively and on a wider scale.
The group collaborates on various projects to provide education about pollutants affecting our lakes, streams, and rivers, and how local residents can help to improve the quality of their local waters.
WMWA has developed an e-newsletter, printed materials, elementary school education programs, and adult workshops and campaigns.
Nature Works to Make Clean Water: 4-minute video by The Nature Conservancy about how nature (especially forests!) filters water.
Watershed PREP is a fourth-grade elementary school program developed to meet science standards in classroom curricula and teach kids how to help improve the quality of their local lakes and streams.
Our partners include the Bassett Creek, Elm Creek, Shingle Creek, and West Mississippi Watershed Management Organizations, Hennepin County, Three Rivers Park District, Freshwater Society, and Blue Thumb.