Volunteering for clean water in Minnehaha Creek
On Saturday, Oct. 13, 100 volunteers came out to help plant 500 native trees and shrubs at the Minnehaha Creek Preserve in St. Louis Park. Restoring native vegetation to the area will help improve water quality by increasing its filtering ability, increase plant diversity and support the preserve’s initial restoration efforts.
Partners for this event include the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), City of St. Louis Park, Great River Greening and Outdoor Heritage Fund.
Thank you to everyone who came out to make this a successful event!
About the Minnehaha Creek Preserve
In 2009, the MCWD recognized this section of the Minnehaha Creek as the most degraded section of the 22-mile stream and began implementing plans to both improve the water and connect it to the community, including:
- Returning curves to the previously straightened stream, which lengthened it by 1,600 feet
- Creating 2,200 feet of boardwalk and 4,600 feet of paved trails surrounding the creek
Returning the natural curves of the stream helps to slow down the water flow and prevent erosion. It also created a natural buffer for stormwater runoff coming from more than 80 acres of surrounding area, which previously flowed untreated into the creek. The restoration also added 30 acres of uplands, wetlands and ponds.
Photo credits: Phil Davies