Community Events

Upcoming water-related events from the MCWD's partners:

"How Futures Research Might Lead Us to a More Resilient Mississippi River"
Friday, March 13, 2015 | 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
McKnight Foundation* (710-2nd Street South, Suite 400, Minneapolis, 55401)

"Multiple audiences are interested in growing local food in different types of landscapes, from urban lots to suburban backyards to rural farms. There is also heightened interest in bees and pollinators, and the role pollinators play, not only food production, but also in maintaining a healthy landscape ecosystem. These two areas of interest create an opportunity for water resource educators to teach about green infrastructure and clean water using a slightly different lens: environmentally friendly landscape design -best management practices for pollinators & growing local food that also benefits our water.

This interactive session will focus on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Red Barn site, a 17-acre farm parcel located on the grounds of the Arboretum that also includes a new bee and pollinator education and outreach center. We are in the preliminary stages of development, and need your help! What could we accomplish at this site to educate and demonstrate to others the benefits of green infrastructure design and water best management practices that also support pollinators and growing local food? Did I mention we get over 330,000 visitors each year? Come prepared to think outside the box!"


The High Price of Cheap Groundwater: Are We Flushing Our Future Downstream?
Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Science Museum of Minnesota

"In recent years many Minnesota communities have come to face something they never expected: declining groundwater supplies. For decades we believed our aquifers — the vast underground reservoirs that flow within the limestone and sandstone strata undergirding our state — were infinite. However, as we watch water levels fall in not only municipal wells but several beloved lakes and wetlands, we've come to know better. Unfortunately, our water infrastructure wasn't built with this understanding in mind. Over the past few decades, as the Twin Cities has grown increasingly suburban, we've shifted away from relying on the Mississippi River and other surface waters towards groundwater. Today, 75 percent of water used in the metro area comes from wells. 

Local experts have been tasked with figuring out why our aquifers have begun to shrink and what we can do about it. With the generous sponsorship of the City of St. Paul and event partner the Science Museum of Minnesota, FMR is proud to announce a free presentation featuring two leading authorities on this vital issue: Dr. James Almendinger, Senior Scientist at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station of the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Ali Elhassan, Manager of Water Supply Planning at the Metropolitan Council."


Earth Day in the City: Minneapolis River Gorge Cleanup
Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 9:30 a.m. to Noon
E. 36th St. & E. 44th St. at W. River Pkwy, Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis

"This cleanup is an Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge. People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area — individuals, families, small church, corporate and student groups — to celebrate Earth Day and contribute to the health and vitality of this national treasure in our midst, the Mississippi River. ...And enjoy the Parkway Pizza lunch and Great Lakes Brewing Company After Party!"


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