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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Minnesota: City of Maplewood Innovative Stormwater Management Project

Minnesota: City of Maplewood Innovative Stormwater Management Project

The City of Maplewood, MN elected to incorporate alternatives to storm sewers when implementing improvements to an older neighborhood. Sewers would have eventually emptied into Lake Phalen, a popular urban lake where nonpoint source pollution (such as urban stormwater runoff, laden with sediment and urban pollutants) is a concern. Swales (depressions and ditches) and rain gardens of native plants were used to line the streets, adding to the esthetic beauty of the neighborhood. In addition to enhancing water quality by holding and allowing storm water to infiltrate into the ground instead of carrying sediments and urban pollutants to regional lakes, the gardens attract a wider variety of birds and butterflies. (PDF format; Length: 2 pages)


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
March 6, 2000

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