H2O Heros

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Name: Jacki Morrison

Member of Minnesota Dragonfly Society and Como neighborhood organizer

Jacki has monitored dragonflies at Como Lake as a citizen scientist for 20 years and loves Como Park! Her interest in dragonflies and clean water inspired the formation of Second Saturday Como Lake Cleanup Crew, a group of neighbors who pick up litter around Como Lake. Jacki works with Minnesota Dragonfly Society, CRWD and Saint Paul Parks on community dragonfly surveys and programs for Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary.

-Thanks for helping protect clean water, Jacki!




Name: Erin Pavlica

Active Resident of the Hamline Midway Neighborhood

Erin Pavlica has lived in the Hamline Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul for 15 years and has been a leader of many collaborative projects in the community. She advocated for the first pervious alley project in Saint Paul at Hamline Library and is pursuing a rain garden as part of the Friendly Streets Initiative project. At home, she helps protect local water bodies by collecting and composting debris from her curbs and nearby stormdrains.

-Thank you Erin for helping protect our water resources!


Name: Jenny Eckman

Teacher at Harambee Elementary School, Maplewood

Jenny is the Environmental Science teacher at Harambee Elementary School in Maplewood. She has developed a water quality curriculum for the fourth and fifth grade students that includes field trips, rain barrel workshops and in-class problem solving and engineering activities. Jenny also initiated a landscape evaluation for the school to address runoff and install rain gardens through CRWD’s Stewardship Grants program.

-Thank you Jenny for helping protect our water resources!

Michelle Ulrich       OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Name: Michelle Ulrich
City: Saint Paul

Michelle Ulrich has been a member of CRWD’s Citizen Advisory Committee since 2007. She lives in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul and when she noticed that a bump-out curb was being installed on Lincoln Avenue, she saw an opportunity for a curb-cut rain garden that would treat stormwater instead of the slab of concrete that was planned. She organized her neighbors and worked with staff from CRWD and St. Paul Public Works to get the rain garden installed, planted and maintained.

-Thank you Michelle for helping protect our water resources!


Katheryn Schneider    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

One of the lanes in the two-lane driveway was replaced with a native plant rain garden.

Name: Katheryn Schneider
City: Saint Paul

Katheryn moved to the North End neighborhood of Saint Paul just 5 years ago.  She has been interested/involved in environmental issues for years.  The house she purchased had a 2 lane driveway that needed to be replaced.  Rather than replacing both lanes she removed one lane and replaced it with native plants and a rain garden to capture runoff from the driveway and roof. She first learned about CRWD in 2010 when she was awarded a stewardship grant to help her design and construct her rain garden project.

-Thank you Katheryn for helping protect our water resources!



Watershed Resident - Rick Sanders    Sanders-1

                                                                 Sanders residence shoreline restoration on Lake McCarrons.
Name: Rick Sanders
City: Roseville

Rick is retired from working 30 years in public service. He and his wife Sherry live on Lake McCarrons. They first learned about CRWD through our stewardship grant program which they used to help restore their entire shoreline of over 500 feet to native plants. Both Rick and Sherry are active members of the Lake McCarrons Neighborhood Association.

-Thank you to the Sanders for helping protect our water resources!

What can residents do to protect local lakes and rivers? 

Clean water starts at home
Streets connect to storm sewers that in turn connect to lakes, rivers and wetlands, so what goes in the street goes into the water.

Hard surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and roofs on residential property can be the source of such stormwater pollutants as nutrients (phosphorus), sediment (eroding soil and exposed soil from construction sites), toxics (lawn and pest chemicals), and bacteria (pet and wildlife waste and illegal sanitary sewer connections). Stormwater can also contribute to flooding when downspouts receiving roof runoff are directed onto paved areas that lead to the street.

Below are simple things you can do to reduce flooding and keep the runoff from your property running clean:

Build a rain garden to collect and recharge rainwater into the ground;

Install a rain barrel to collect rooftop runoff and reuse the water for watering your lawn or garden;

Direct downspouts to grassy areas instead of onto paved surfaces;

Become a CRWD volunteer;

Keep roadways and walkways swept and clear of soil, grass, and leaves;

Regularly pick up the trash in your neighborhood;

Recycle oil, antifreeze, batteries, fertilizer, pesticides and other chemicals as much as possible – never pour them onto a hard surface or into a storm drain;

Limit the use of your car and maintain it for leaks;

When cleaning your car, use a commercial car wash since the runoff goes to a wastewater treatment plant instead of running off into storm drains and into your lake or river;

Clean up after pets and dispose of droppings in the trash or toilet; and

NEVER put anything in a storm drain, it’s headed directly to your lake and river!

Click here for a list of Fall Clean Water Tips.