Cleaning Powderhorn Lake, One Raingarden at a Time
It’s not very often that we get a chance to indulge our taste for student-made films, community-based planning and design, and water quality improvement. But this Friday the premiere of “A Community of Raingardens” offers just such an opportunity.
To quote from a recent email sent around by Mark Pedelty, a professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota, the project’s initiator:
“A Neighborhood of Raingardens,” will premiere Friday September 9, at
7:00 P.M. at Saint Anthony Main Theater. The presentation is sponsored
by The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Tickets are $8.50 at
the door, $6 for seniors and students, $5 for Film Society members.
Everyone knows our waters are troubled. So what are we going to do it?
Hundreds of Powderhorn residents got together with Metro Blooms to
install over one hundred raingardens, and that was just the beginning!
It is a bold attempt to clean up Powderhorn Lake, one yard at a time.
Is it working? The film follows “A Neighborhood of Raingardens” from
inception to fruition, illustrating the promises and problems of this
exciting new citizen-centered approach to watershed management. “A
Neighborhood of Raingardens” could change the way we think about our
water, our homes, and our neighborhoods.