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3 Master Water Stewards working in pollinator gardenAlong a unique stretch of East 50
th Street in Minneapolis, the Adirondack chairs, pink flamingos and screened porches nestled into the mid-winter snow hold promise of impending spring. Beneath the blanket of snow lie a series of dormant boulevard pollinator gardens dubbed the Monarch Mile, waiting to emerge for their first full growing season. As the community project literally blossoms this spring, the beauty and life above the ground will serve as a poignant reminder of the unseen water quality effect of the native pollinator plant roots below the soil.

One individual who had a hand in planting the gardens is Arun Hejmadi, who lives near Lake Nokomis just a few houses off the Monarch Mile project. Arun has a special appreciation for clean water. “I grew up in India where water is a precious commodity,” he explains. “Eighty percent of the water comes during the monsoon. I also lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years, where we were always on the edge of a drought.”  Living in those arid places...

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