Minneapolis awarded for water quality innovations

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) has named its Watershed Heroes of 2010, and Minneapolis is among them for its aggressive goals and actions to protect water quality in Minneapolis and downstream. The watershed’s Innovation in Government Award recognizes Minneapolis’ leadership in its innovative programs and policies. Minneapolis’ Sustainability Initiative links health, economy and the environment by targeting key areas and creating interdepartmental teams to develop creative approaches to problem solving.

Reducing the pollutants that enter lakes and waterways from stormwater runoff is a responsibility of the City and all residents, property owners and visitors. Rain runs across surfaces such as roofs, streets, driveways and compacted lawns, picking up pollutants as it flows. City practices that keep pollutants out of our waterways include rain gardens, wetland areas, grassy swales, pervious pavers, underground treatment chambers and street sweeping.

 Recent City of Minneapolis and community activities

On Oct. 8, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District will honor residents and organizations having made significant contributions to water quality at its annual "Watershed Heroes" celebration. MCWD honors recipients in several different categories because there are so many ways that people can contribute to the health of the watershed. For more information on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and its 2010 Watershed heroes, visit www.minnehahacreek.org.

Creating a more sustainable community is a top priority for Minneapolis leaders. The quality of life in Minneapolis is linked to the health and well-being of our community and our environment.

Published Aug. 31, 2010