The park at 2522 Marshall St. NE in Minneapolis is designed to capture and treat all stormwater on site, keeping it out of the river. That's important because stormwater can contain pollutants that harm the river.
The issue has taken on new urgency because of climate change. Minnesota is seeing more precipitation overall. In addition, more of the rain is falling in big storm events, and climate scientists have linked the trends to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In response, cities and watershed management organizations have been implementing more so-called green infrastructure into the urban landscape to keep stormwater in place.
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