Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is undertaking sustainable landscape restoration projects at four interceptor sites in Bayport, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, and Mound. Work includes replacing high-maintenance lawn and invasive plants with native plants and trees that are Minnesota nice - friendly to birds, pollinators, and water quality. This project helps fulfill MCES's environmental and sustainability goals and guidelines for the region, such as those in Thrive MSP 2040 and the 2040 Water Resources Policy Plan.
The Metropolitan Council’s regional framework defines sustainability as ‘protecting the region’s vitality for generations to come by preserving the capacity to maintain and support the region’s well-being and productivity over the long term.’ Native, low-maintenance landscapes at our interceptor sites will help the Council reach its sustainability goals. Through this project, the Council will create landscapes that benefit humans, regional water resources, and the natural world. These improvements will help reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment and foster healthy ecosystems for people, regional water resources, and nature.
Once these sites are restored with native plants, they will require less water and less maintenance compared to landscapes that have invasive plants. MCES will be able to maintain the new sustainable landscapes at a much lower cost than before.
Work will begin in late fall of 2021. Residents can expect to see MCES removing invasive plants and trees, clearing brush, and preparing sites for future planting. Impacts from this type or work may include noise, equipment staging, and visual impacts.
- Bayport: L68, 498 Maine Street S
- Brooklyn Park: 4601 101st Avenue N
- Eden Prairie: Blue Lake Siphon, 10488 West Riverview Drive
- Mound: L38, 6270 Westedge Blvd
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