Grow Plants Native to Your Area
Water naturally runs toward lower ground, so turn low-lying areas around your home into rain gardens with native plants that can filter out pollution from stormwater runoff. Plant trees, shrubs and grasses into layers of gravel, sand and soil. It’s a pleasant landscaping design that can keep pollution from reaching open waters, recharge groundwater aquifers and provide valuable habitat for wildlife all at the same time.
BLUE THUMB: PLANTING FOR CLEAN WATER
The Blue Thumb program will help you create plantings and gardens that look beautiful and work to keep water clean. How-to videos included.
Learn more about rain gardens and watch a video of a rain garden installation.
MINNESOTA WILDFLOWERS: A PROJECT FOR JUSTICE
Find photos and information about wildflowers that grow in Minnesota, both native and non-native.
LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS: MN DNR
A resource for Minnesotans interested in learning more about how to use native plants in their landscape.
Pledge to Keep our water
Drinkable, Fishable, Swimmable
Pledge and Play!
Take the pledge and download our Clean Water BINGO. Play to help keep our water clean and you could win some great prizes — an iPad, a rain barrel, movies tickets and more!