NOKOMIS BLOOMING ALLEYS
Sentyrz Ethnic Market
Kenwood Elementary School
NOKOMIS BLOOMING ALLEYSLake Nokomis Neighbors for Clean Water is a project that Metro Blooms has been working on with neighborhood and local government partners to clean-up Lake Nokomis by re-inventing backyards and alleyways. Lake Nokomis is impaired, which means there’s too much pollution in it to support a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Most of that pollution comes from urban runoff, and most of THAT pollution flows through backyards and down alleyways to reach the lake. Furthermore, alleys could be such cool spaces for neighbors to interact, and they can be pretty (really!) if we can change the way we view and use them.
POWDERHORN NEIGHBORHOODThis project evaluated community outreach approaches through a pilot study of the fast-tracked installation of over 100 raingardens in a 28-acre sub-watershed draining to Powderhorn Lake, Minneapolis. Stormwater best management practices (BMPs) were restricted to installations on private property. Stormwater monitoring was also integrated into the project to assess whether reductions in pollutant loadings or volume could be detected and provide support for future water quality improvement plans for Powderhorn Lake.
Sentyrz Ethnic MarketThis project will capture and infiltrate rainwater, prevent flooding, lessen the effects of drought, increase the capacity of the watershed to store water, andrestore or maintain habitat and native plant communities. The Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan that will be implemented will capture 100% of the stormwater for rain events not exceeding 2 inches in one 24 hour period.
Kenwood Elementary SchoolThis project outlines a plan of action to convert the area in the southwestern corner of the Kenwood Schoolyard into a raingarden that will serve as a multifunctional education and play space. The project builds on the repaving of the basketball courts to direct water into the multi-functional garden space which will be designed and built with involvement of students, faculty, and interested parents. This project is a collaborative effort between teachers and students at Kenwood School, parents from the Kenwood Garden Club, and Metro Blooms Designers. Metro Blooms designers worked with the Minneapolis School District Engineers to plan the repaving efforts so that the stormwater flows toward a vegetated area on the southern edge of the campus. This allows the students and Metro Blooms designers to collaboratively plan the garden as an outdoor classroom space and infiltration area. Students will be able to use the school raingarden for learning and exploration and have these lessons reinforced through neighborhood raingardens.