Number of results: 3 for partner: Rice Creek Watershed District
Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water | Jessica Bromelkamp
Resource type: Web Site - Speaker - Pamphlet - Program
Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water helps homeowners beautify their yards while improving local water quality. We aim to make it easy for residents to plan, purchase and plant beautiful native gardens, raingardens and shorelines. These cost-effective plantings require little watering and minimal care after established. They also help care for our local waterways by reducing stormwater runoff during rain events.
The Blue Thumb program was started by the Rice Creek Watershed District as an outreach program to meet District water quality goals as well as the Clean Water Act mandates. Blue Thumb has grown considerably and now includes 70 partner organizations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and greater Minnesota.
Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD)
Resource type: Organization - Web Site - Program
The purpose of the Rice Creek Watershed District is to conserve and restore the water resources of the District for the beneficial use of current and future generations.
The Rice Creek Watershed District encompasses approximately 186 square miles of Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties in Minnesota. Portions of the district can be found in the following municipalities: Arden Hills, Birchwood Village, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Columbus, Dellwood, Falcon Heights, Forest Lake, Fridley, Grant, Hugo, Lauderdale, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Mahtomedi, May Township, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Scandia, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Saint Anthony, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, and Willernie.
The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens - book and website | Rice Creek Watershed District
Resource type: Guide - Book/Magazine
The book The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens - Design and Installation for Homeowners in the Upper Midwest is a valuable raingarden reference guide for homeowners and professional designers. Thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated, the book is approachable for beginners, yet contains detailed information for landscape professionals. It contains easy-to-follow instructions on:
The plants profiled in the book are from Zones 3, 4, and 5 in the Midwest.
In addition, the Blue Thumb's Create a Raingarden webpage (http://www.bluethumb.org/raingardens/) is chalked full of resources for raingardens. Resources include:
- Enter your sun exposure, bloom time and color in the Plant Selector to customize your plant list
- Project Cost Calculator
- Rain Gardens A how-to manual for homeowners from the UW-Extension Service
- Native Plant Brochure (pdf)
- MPCA Plants for Stormwater Design
- DNR Landscaping with Native Plants
Blue Thumb is an educational program of the Rice Creek Watershed District.
For more information on the book or web resources visit http://www.bluethumb.org/raingardens
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