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Green infrastructure to reduce pollution

Green infrastructure to reduce pollution

Many cities across Minnesota have started small-scale, neighborhood projects to prevent storm water from polluting nearby lakes and rivers. However, one project is particular has been attracting a lot of national attention. A group of engineers have designed a rain garden in Argenta Hills that is capable of handing even the largest of storms. By replacing traditional gutters and catch basins with a more eco-friendly infrastructure, it prevents polluted rainwater from ever reaching the sewer system and drain into surrounding bodies of water. Not only are rain gardens more environmentally friendly, they are also more cost-effective. Taking into account expenditures in required maintenance, a conventional sewer system would have cost the city twice as much as the rain gardens they implemented. To read more about this Inner Grove Heights project visit: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/27/rain-gardens-fight-pollution

Aliya Faille