A grant to the Longfellow Business Association funded a series of new stormwater control measures along a heavily traveled section of Hiawatha Avenue in South Minneapolis. A raingarden, a pair of dry wells and a dry creek bed installed at the Hiawatha Reddy Rents site are designed to handle up to 1.5 inches of rainfall (approximately 1,600 gallons of water) in a 24-hour period. They also add luster and charm to a previously drab stretch of urban arterial roadway.
The project team turned the raingarden planting into a community event, offering volunteers the chance to learn from Master Water Stewards and gain experience installing stormwater control measures. In addition to co-funding the project, the family owners of Hiawatha Reddy Rents made use of their own rental equipment to speed up the construction process.