Stormwater Park and Learning Center

The MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center offers visitors the chance to experience a living laboratory of green infrastructure along the Mississippi River. Our site provides community meeting space and a variety of educational opportunities and exhibits to promote good stewardship of our water resources and habitat.

The Stormwater Park and Learning Center incorporates a series of visible landscape features that capture, clean and reuse stormwater runoff. The site is capable of absorbing up to seven inches of rain in one day, with no runoff to the river. Visitors can access the Mississippi River and learn about our various landscape features via a series of interpretive signs. The site serves as a model of sustainable riverfront development that prevents pollution while providing an inviting space for the public.

Our 11,000-square-foot facility is heated and cooled by geothermal energy, and is powered in part by an array of solar photovoltaic panels. It was designed to consume just one-third of the energy of a typical, comparably sized commercial building. In addition to providing public meeting spaces, the Stormwater Park and Learning Center houses the MWMO’s staff offices, equipment and laboratory space.

Stormwater Treatment Train

1. Cistern

Our 4,000-gallon cistern (red icon) captures and collects stormwater runoff from the roof above the MWMO offices.

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2. Tree Trench

A tree grove (red icon) connected by channels allows water from the cistern to flow to the trees.

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3. Gravel-Bed Tree Nursery

Our gravel-bed nursery (red icon) promotes extensive root growth in tree saplings, allowing them to be grown efficiently in a small space.

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4. Raingardens

A series of raingardens (red icons) absorb and filter stormwater runoff using engineered soils and deep-rooted native prairie plants.

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5. Filter Media Test Lab

In this experiment station (red icon) , three containers filled with different engineered soils filter pollution out of stormwater runoff.

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6. Permeable Pavers

Two areas with permeable pavers (red icons) allow stormwater to infiltrate into the ground.

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7. Green Roof

Our green roof (red icon) is covered with engineered soils and planted with vegetation. It slows runoff and helps insulate the building.

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Virtual Tour

You can take a 360-degree virtual tour of our Stormwater Park and Learning Center via Google Street View!

Jump to: Green Roof | Classrooms | Main Raingarden | Shoreline

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Exhibits

Check our exhibits page for updated information on current and past exhibits on display at the Stormwater Park and Learning Center.

Call for Artists

Interested in showing your work at MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center?

The MWMO is proud to partner with local artists to feature exhibits in our lobby gallery. Our vision for the space is to highlight artists who demonstrate connection with and stewardship of the Mississippi River and its watershed. Exhibits are typically up for three months and artists are encouraged to host some type of community engagement activity that highlights their work and supports the mission of the MWMO during that time.

Please fill out a request form.  Allow up to 7 days for a response.

Facility Reservations

The MWMO offers the use of its Stormwater Park and Learning Center for groups seeking to hold water- or environment-related events and activities. Learn more about reserving our facilities on our Contact page.

Videos

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 Related News

We Reduced our Energy Consumption, and You Can Too
MWMO Blog Post - Feb. 15, 2017

It has been exactly one year since our solar array began producing electricity here at our Stormwater Park and Learning Center, and it is already adding to our bottom line.

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Little by Little, Going Greener at the MWMO
MWMO Blog Post - April 22, 2016

MWMO staff are maximizing energy-efficiency at the Stormwater Park and Learning Center.

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MWMO facility shows how storm water works
Finance & Commerce - Sept. 18, 2015

Overlooking the steel-cabled Lowry Avenue Bridge and an industrial stretch of the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s headquarters stands out.

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Photos: One-of-a-kind Stormwater Park protects Mississippi Watershed
Minnesota Public Radio News - Sept. 17, 2015

A new park in northeast Minneapolis will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday. Stormwater Park and Learning Center on the Mississippi River uses engineering...

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New stormwater park and learning center
KARE 11 - Sept. 18, 2015

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Northeast Minneapolis has a new education center. The Stormwater Park and Learning Center is located just upstream from...

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