From the porous pavers in the parking lot to the rain gardens strategically placed throughout the site, the Nine Mile Creek Watershed’s new district headquarters showcases many ways that homeowners can manage storm water run-off.
In 2011, Barbara Kaerwer donated her home and 5.3 acres of land in Eden Prairie to the district, which covers portions of Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Richfield.
The district dubbed the site Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point, and celebrated its public opening in November 2014, after remodeling the home to make it more accommodating for offices and designing an innovative storm water management system that allows the site to retain 100 percent of its storm water. “It’s a great opportunity for people to learn what they can do on their own property to reduce water run-off,” says Kevin Bigalke, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District administrator.
In addition to learning more about ways to retain storm water, the discovery center also offers educational backpacks on birding or plant identification that visitors can check-out during business hours and use while exploring the grounds.
UPCOMING EVENT: Landscaping for Water Quality
6:30-8 p.m. August 10, Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point
Matt Kumka, a landscape ecologist with Barr Engineering, will cover everything from site selection through planting at this seminar. Following the talk, tour the raingardens and other stormwater features at Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point.