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Early November rain and snow gave Maplewood a chance to test City Hall’s new rain gardens, which will help clean up Wakefield Lake and our campus pond.
Stormwater from City Hall, Public Works, and the neighborhood to the east makes its way to Wicklander Pond on campus where sand and soil settle at the bottom. Some pollutants like phosphorus continue their way to Wakefield Lake, an impaired waterbody.
The gardens will capture and filter a portion of parking lot and roof runoff. Turtlehead, butterfly weed and catmint will bloom next year and ornamental grasses will add grace and texture. Artist Lisa Elias is creating a metal sculpture for the entry garden.
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District funded the rain gardens and has been working with the City on a variety of projects to reduce storm water pollutants entering Wakefield Lake.