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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Raingarden Workshops

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Did you know that all the water that funnels into storm drains is guided right into our water sources? Community Conservationist Cameron Gustafson from Carlton County Soil and Water District (SWCD) and Conservation Specialist Kyle Hildebrandt from South St. Louis County SWCD discuss the positive ecological effect of rain gardens and detail their impact on water sustainability.

"A raingarden is an intentional planting in an intentional place in order to intercept, and soak in, absorb and infiltrate storm water," says Hildenbrandt. Rain gardens utilize native plants to soak up the excess water while working as a filter, thereby helping to keep area waterways clean. Residual impacts of such gardens also mean the creation of habitats for endangered insects and bees.

Workshops to learn how to create your own rain garden will be held at the Cloquet Library on February 22nd from 6-7:30pm and at Hermantown City Hall on March 5th from 6-7:30pm. The workshops will cover the function and construction of rain gardens and will also answer questions about funds to potentially help residents cover the cost of the garden.

Register for the workshop of your choice through the Carlton County SWCD website.

You can hear Green Visions at 8:20am every Wednesday on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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