St. Anthony used to dump 18 water towers’ worth of storm runoff and other water into the Mississippi River each year. Then it turned around and pumped 24 towers’ worth of groundwater to sprinkle the lawns of Central Park and City Hall.

This project, along with 1,600 others have been catalogued for a Minnesota program called GreenStep Cities which aims to provide step-by-step instructions for environmental and cost-effective projects to city and small-town leaders.

The water project in St. Anthony has also improved the quality of life with its three fountains that hide the water reuse tanks and provide a background for local wedding and anniversary photos.

(READ the story from the Star-Tribune)

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