Effectively maintained stormwater treatment practices improve water quality through increased infiltration, filtration, and evapotranspiration, as well as decreased erosion and nutrient transport to receiving water bodies. Unfortunately, many installed stormwater management practices are not well maintained. This results in decreased ecological and hydrologic function, a shortened lifespan, and poor public perception. As more cities begin to rely on green infrastructure to lessen their reliance on ageing storm sewer systems, the importance of maintenance only grows.
Metro Blooms works with public and private partners to help address these issues. We create maintenance plans and work with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota to maintain large-scale stormwater management practices such as raingardens, dry-wells, and native plantings.
Minneapolis Public Schools Maintenance
Metro Blooms works with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, and the help of volunteers to maintain numerous school and administration sites with on-site stormwater treatment practices. In 2014 we worked with the City of
Minneapolis to secure more than $40,000 in stormwater credits annually for MPS, and we’re working to secure another $20,000. As long as their raingardens, dry-wells, and underground infiltration chambers are maintained, MPS will continue to receive stormwater credits every month.
Irving Triangle Park
In 2011, Metro Blooms formed a partnership with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, the Pohlad Foundation, the Jordan Area Community Coalition, and the Mississippi River Green Team. Utilizing these partnerships, we converted a small triangle of Park Board property in North Minneapolis into a planted public space that is usable for recreation but also creates habitat for birds and other pollinators. Metro Blooms continues to maintain the garden working with corporate and community volunteers every year.
City of Champlin Maintenance
Metro Blooms began working with the City of Champlin in 2014 to maintain a couple of raingardens outside of City buildings. We have continued this work and expanded the scope of our maintenance program with help from the Conservation Corps of Minnesota.