Environment and River Gorge Committee

 Goals & Purpose

The Environment-River Gorge Committee (ERG) works to create environmentally focused programs, projects and events that help advance the greening of Greater Longfellow, as well as promote and protect the River Gorge.

Join us at an upcoming meeting!

ERG meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm; All meetings are open to the public, and residents of Greater Longfellow are invited to participate in voting.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81086774142

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If you have questions about our committees, please contact LCC Community Organizer Bennett Olupo at:

Examples of our Projects & Programs

Annual Share the Gorge Event

 

This popular summer gathering invites Longfellow residents to explore the gorge in a fun, family-friendly style. Step off the bank and into a canoe for a short trip on the river, enjoy ice cream, and learn more about the work of LCC’s River Gorge Committee. 

Spring Birding Hike

 

This event links residents with local birding experts to look for migrating and returning spring birds along the Mississippi River Gorge. Groups often find over 50 species during the annual spring hike in the Mississippi Flyway where experts have observed more than 170 species. The event is typically hosted in May; stay tuned for details!

Bald Eagle

Community Raingarden Program

In 2015, LCC sponsored a community rain garden program to install rain gardens on residential and commercial properties with the help of grant funding from the City of Minneapolis. Rain gardens are shown to decrease surface runoff, lessen pollutant levels in the watershed, and help to recharge underground aquifers. The 2015 program resulted in 30 residential and a handful of commercial rain gardens being constructed across Greater Longfellow with the help of volunteers. Project partners included Metro Blooms, Project for Pride in Living, the Longfellow Business Association, and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

2017 Ash Loss Mitigation Project

 

In an effort to limit the impact of the loss of trees in the neighborhood due to the Emerald Ash Borer epidemic, LCC offered funding assistance to homeowners to treat trees against infection through a small grant program. The 2017 program has closed; to request information on your options as a homeowner, contact our office.

For more information or questions call us at 612-722-4529.