Reducing Water Use on Twin Cities Lawns Through Research, Education, and Outreach


  • $378,745


  • Estimated completion winter 2024
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The Metropolitan Council in cooperation with the University of Minnesota Extension is continuing work to increase the efficiency of water use in home landscapes. This phase will focus on educating the citizens of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (TCMA) about lawn water conservation. Current outreach efforts will be reinforced and new educational materials for homeowners will be created in the form of online videos, signs, pamphlets, and in-person workshops. A new, innovative approach to diffuse lawn water conservation information through neighborhood networks will be implemented. New knowledge generated from past and current research projects will be turned into educational resources for use in outreach efforts in the TCMA.


  • A supply of educational materials to be handed out at events
  • An online archive with a minimum of five how-to videos educating homeowners on the benefits of implementing lawn care and irrigation best management practices
  • A final report from the neighborhood diffusion network project
  • Final reports of the field research on irrigation system efficiency and optimal cool-season turfgrass species


  • Previous work related to efficient use of water in landscape and lawn efficiency will be built upon.
  • Conservation and efficiency knowledge will be shared through an innovative neighborhood network diffusion process.