By Jane Griffin, The Groundwater Foundation
Refreshing, inspiring. Those words that come to mind as I reflect on…no, not groundwater, my recent trip to Minneapolis. Why those words:
Refreshing: Minneapolis truly is a green city – especially if you visit in the summer. It is full of vegetation and its public areas are beautifully kept with a clear desire to maintain and accentuate natural areas.
Inspiring: Minneapolis is inspiring because it is a thriving community that has dedicated itself to being a Greener Community. A primary focus is on storm water protection. Efforts include green roofs, tree planting; rain gardens and rain barrels (see http://www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/stormwater/green/index.htm) for more details about what the city does to make it to be an environmentally friendly community). The efforts are clearly visible and make the community a pleasant and lively place to visit.
And, by the way, there is something for everyone! Nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful parks, trails and lakes; arts and humanity lovers will enjoy the museums (which house fantastic collections) and abundant theatrical events; history fans will get their share of information, sports fans can enjoy the many events…and of course shopping fans can literally shop until they drop.
So, if you are able to make a trip to Minnesota remember to drink a glass of water…since 75% of the drinking water in the state comes from groundwater it is likely you are being refreshed and inspired by groundwater!