Monthly Archives: October 2012

Green Tip from Green Notes


Protect water quality by keeping leaves and grass clippings out of streets and storm drains

Grass clippings and leaves left in the street end up in storm sewers that flow directly into nearby lakes and streams. Clippings and leaves contain phosphorus and other nutrients that are significant sources of water pollution. The pollutants – especially phosphorus – can cause excess algae growth that negatively impacts other plants and wildlife, can be unsafe for pets and can degrade recreational opportunities.

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Our Enduring Environs – October issue now available

The October  issue of Our Enduring Environs is now available online. This issue has additional information on storm water management and things residents can do to mitigate runoff and contamination in addition to fall yard and garden tips.

Additionally there is an opportunity for Lynnhurst residents to win one of four gift  certificates to George & the Dragon by signing up for the email updates to this blog by November 16.  Check it out for more details and enter to win.

You should have received a printed copy in the most recent issue of the Southwest Journal that was delivered October 26.

Buckthorn Busters

The 2nd annual Lynnhurst Buckthorn Bust on October 20th was a huge success. Seventeen neighborhood volunteers cleared a nice portion of the parkland between Lynnhurst Park and Lake Harriet. Weed wrenches were provided by MPRB and a neighborhood resident but many of the Buckthorn had been previously cut back and re-sprouted. Thanks to many of the volunteers bringing shovels and other digging implements the stumps could be permanently removed. Hard, but successful work by all. Thanks to LEC committee member Jan Bartels for coordinating this effort.

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Find out when your street will be swept

Use this handy interactive site to find out when your street will be swept. Just enter your address to find out the week it is scheduled.

Street Sweeping Lookup

Note: Week of August 12 is the last day for yard waste pickup.

Residential Salt Use Workshop

A free discussion about how salt affects our waters, what homeowners can do to reduce their impact and what cities and contractors can and are doing to help.

When: Thurs Nov 15 2012 7:00-8:00pm
Where: St Marys Greek Orth. Church  3450 Irving Avenue S  Minneapolis
For: All Interested Citizens

Sponsored by Minnehaha Creek Watershed, the Freshwater Society and East Calhoun Community Organization.


Learn more about the Hennepin County Recycle Half Initiative

Hennepin County has  a goal to increase the amount of waste recycled in the County from the current 38% to 50% by 2015. Come hear a representative from Hennepin County speak about waste management and this initiative.

When: October 28, 2012, 12:00 pm
Where: Mt Olivet 1700 chapel (church on the north side of 50th and James Ave)

This meeting is open to the public.  Thanks Carrie for the heads-up.

MOre informATION

One-Sort Recycling Coming to Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis has put up a website explaining the One-Sort collection program coming in 2013.

 Minneapolis One-Sort Recycling

Download Choose to Reuse Coupon Book


These coupons for discounts at 80 local retailers are valid in October and November 2012.

Pick up a Choose to Reuse coupon book at participating retail locations, Hennepin County Service Centers, Hennepin County libraries and all Three Rivers Park District locations or download a copy online.

The Choose to Reuse Directory is an online searchable directory of reuse businesses and non-profits in and around Hennepin County.

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Grand Opening Celebration

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) and Hennepin County invite you to attend the grand openings of the MWMO’s new Community Facility and the Lowry Avenue Bridge.  Be a part of this historic celebration. Continue reading

Way Cool!

Lynnhurst resident Hallie Bowman won the Rain Barrel and resident Kyle Kreuser won the compost bin from the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association. The contest began at the Summer Festival in August and ran through the end of September.  Congratulations to them both.