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June 22, 2018

Local high school student plants raingarden

It was a rainy, chilly morning but spirits were high as volunteers arrived at Eden Prairie High School on Monday. They gathered around high school senior Beth Kutina, as she described the plan for the day. First they'd need to cut away the grass, then dig out topsoil, and finally carefully level the bottom of the newly created bowl. Plants would be arriving later and would go in the ground the next day. By the end of the day on Tuesday, this quite corner of the school grounds, nestled in a courtyard would become a beautiful raingarden.

An adult using a gas-powered sod cutter to remove turfgrass. IMG_2497.JPG IMG_2544.JPG IMG_2540.JPG

Beth's raingarden is a part of her capstone project through the Master Water Stewards (MWS) Program. The MWS Program trains volunteers in implementing stormwater best practices by working in and with their communities. Participants complete course-work, put a project in the ground, and then volunteer within their host organization. MWS is a partnership program of the Freshwater Society with host organizations throughout the Twin Cities Metro area.

The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District has been involved in the program since 2016 and has graduated 10 stewards. These individuals are an important part of our volunteer program and have gone on to do great work in the watershed. If you are interested in learning more about how a MWS can help you, or how to become part of the program, visit the website, or contact Michelle: