Monday, February 16, 2015

Partnering with Faith Organizations for Clean Water, Phase 2

One of three rain gardens at Lakeview Lutheran Church, Maplewood.

The Board of Water Soil Resources (BWSR) is charged with allocating clean water project funds appropriated by the Legislature that are a result of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Constitutional Amendment. The end of January, the BWSR Board approved the allocation of more than $14 million in FY2015 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants. Demand for
available funds was great as BWSR received 197 applications requesting $37 million. 

We are thrilled to announce that we received one Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment grant. 

We received $150,000 for Phase 2 of Partnering with Faith Organizations for Clean Water. We partnered with six churches in phase 1 and installed a total of 17 rain gardens and 5 native planting areas in Roseville and Maplewood. The grant for Phase 1 was awarded in 2013 and will be complete this spring. The purpose of Phase 2 is to identify additional churches in our watershed district for potential to install retrofit Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will assist the District in meeting stormwater volume and nutrient reduction goals. A good project site must meet physical requirements as well as be willing to partner with us on a project.

One of two rain gardens installed at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Roseville.

These projects will do wonders for helping us reach our goals of improving water quality in the District. We are excited to be given the chance to move forward with these projects. Without the Clean Water Fund none of these projects could happen!

For information on other awarded projects, please visit the BWSR website:

Please visit
our website (scroll down on the front page until you see a logo like the one above) for information on current grant projects and make sure to check back to see the progress we’re making with this new grant.
Students from Farnsworth Elementary planting the rain gardens at Redeeming Love Church, Maplewood.

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