Rainwater from roofs and gutters drains from streets into storm drains and picks up pollution like dirt, oil and trash along the way. This runoff is not treated before it enters lakes and the Mississippi River. Redirecting downspouts onto lawn or garden allows rainwater to soak into the ground, and this is a good thing for lakes and rivers.
It's spring, and Garlic Mustard is coming up in woodlands and gardens. It's a good time to control this aggressive invader. Please work to keep it out of our neighborhood! This is a perfect time to pull the plants - they're small, easy to pull, and they haven't started to flower yet. Be sure to pull the plants carefully so you get the whole root - they can grow back from the roots. Discard pulled plants in the garbage - not the compost pile. More information: Plant Conservation Alliance - Alien Plant Working Group, WisconsinDNR, or MinnesotaDNR. Thanks to Marcie O'Connor for this info.
Union Park is hosting a compost bin workshop at St. Thomas University that is open to all neighborhoods. Pick up your Earth Machine Compost Bin and learn how to use it- to reserve a bin for $25, see Get A Compost Bin at https://sites.google.com/site/unionparkcomposter/home
Contact Rebekah Smith for more information and to RSVP.
ABOUT THE SPARC LOAN PROGRAM
• Loans up to $50,000 (may be layered with other financing)
• Competitive interest rates
• Opportunity for forgiveness of 25% of principal
• Use funds for almost any business need
• Flexible underwriting criteria
• Business planning help available
Contact Allison Sharkey, Associate Director, for more information.
We had great attendance at the Small Plot Gardening 101 workshop this past Saturday, and wanted to share the great resources with the larger community. Nick Jordan's powerpoint presentation is attached, and links to other resources are below. If you have further resources you'd like to share, please send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In anticipation of the new light rail line, Metro Transit is reviewing bus service to maximize effectiveness and efficiency. The Central Corridor Transit Service Study will look at development projects and other plans to ensure that transit service meets needs now and in the future. Learn more about the study here, and take a survey to provide your input on needed transit connections.
Construction may be nearly completed in St. Anthony Park, but it's just beginning on the Eastern segment of University and on our Minneapolis border. Check out these tips from the District Councils Collaborative to share info with your neighbors.
Online registration for the Midway Local Food Hub is now open! Becoming a member gives you access to seeds and seedlings for your garden, gardening workshop, a fantastic community, and more. Membership dues start at $10 and scholarships are available. Print applications in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish will be available soon.
St. Paul needs good ways to walk to light rail! Now is the time to begin building momentum for sidewalk and street improvements around the light rail corridor. The Walkability Survey focuses on walks from neighborhood locations to future LRT stations. Everyone is encouraged to walk the route and fill out a survey so that we know what improvements need to be made so each walk to the station is safe, accessible and enjoyable.
Metro Transit will host four public meetings in February and March to share results and from a study of 11 high-demand travel corridors for new “rapid bus” service.
Rapid bus service, also known as Arterial Bus Rapid Transit, will improve travel speed, increase reliability, enhance the quality of the ride and create faster connections on major arterial roadways. The service concept eliminates trip delays by stopping less frequently, speeding boarding times and incorporating technology that reduces time spent waiting at traffic lights.
The St. Paul Police Western Division will be offering home security and personal safety trainings:
- Tuesday, March 27th: Home security and personal safety
- Tuesday, June 26: Home Security
- Wednesday, June 27: Personal Safety
- Wednesday, September 26: Home Security
- Wednesday, September 27 Personal Safety
Starling is an exciting project happening in the South St. Anthony Creative Enterprise Zone. Check out the article about it.