Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water helps homeowners beautify their yards while improving local water quality. We aim to make it easy for residents to plan, purchase and plant beautiful native gardens, raingardens and shorelines. These cost-effective plantings require little watering and minimal care after established. They also help care for our local waterways by reducing stormwater runoff during rain events.
The Blue Thumb program was started by the Rice Creek Watershed District as an outreach program to meet District water quality goals as well as the Clean Water Act mandates. Blue Thumb has grown considerably and now includes 70 partner organizations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and greater Minnesota.
Blue Thumb offers this tool to help choose the best native plants for your particular situation. Find plants by selecting from seveal criteria (i.e. sun exposure, soil moisture, etc.) and the plants matching your needs will be chosen from the total list.
We have Blue Thumb stickers, bookmarks & brochures
Jessica Bromelkamp, firstname.lastname@example.org
Education, Outreach and Communication Coordinator
Rice Creek Watershed District