We work with our community to reduce polluted runoff to local rivers. This means reshaping urban land to absorb water where it falls. Our projects are exciting! Groups below have jumped in to make them happen, and you can, too. Contact us to become a collaborator!
NewGround develops programs, communications, strategy, and grassroots projects to restore water, land and communities in the Upper Midwest. As outreach and education lead for La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group, they move us closer to the goal of healthy local waters every year.
In 2016 we launched the Soak it Up! Project and completed an extensive stormwater management and education project with Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area. Visit their ReStore to see a rain collection system, pervious pavement, swales, rain gardens, native plants, self-irrigating hugelkultur mound, edible landscape and more. A series of educational signs will inspire your own projects!
Coulee Region Ecoscapes constructed stormwater management infrastructure at Habitat For Humanity ReStore, educated visitors, and now supports Habitat with maintenance. They’ve collaborated with us on a stormwater management project at Hamilton Elementary, and worked with two Soak It Up! Award winners: Misty’s Dance & Roush Rentals.
Viterbo University’s graphics program lead and students worked with us over many months to design eight educational signs for the project at Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Go see and learn from beautiful work!
Western Technical College’s landscape horticulture program director and students joined us to plant hundreds of native plants at the Habitat for Humanity stormwater learning site. Western’s campus is also a visible example of creative, functional stormwater management for our community.
Staff at Northern Hills Elementary designed curriculum focused on renovating and maintaining rain gardens on school property. They involved students and the school community in making it happen, and we worked with them to develop and install interpretive signage. Students, staff and the community now learn from their good work every day!