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Rain garden promotes pollinators in Stevens Point

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)– The city of Stevens Point promotes bees and other pollinators where it can, and a rain garden in a local park is showing off that work.

Three years ago, a rain garden was planted in Mead Park and now with the flowers and other plants firmly rooted, bees and butterflies are doing their job as pollinators.

The garden also helps during storms as it works as a place for overflow storm water to go instead of going into the sewers.

“It’s really starting to fill in as you can see and there’s lots of bees and lots of butterflies and everything else is kinda turning into a real asset for the city. It’s a small rain garden but I think it’s doing its job,” said Todd Ernster the City Forester for Stevens Point.

The city is also partnering with the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society with funding coming from the American Transmission Company(ATC) for a second pollinator garden in the city.

It will be a prairie filled with wild flowers geared towards pollinators. It’s currently being prepared for planting under the ATC transmission lines in Koziczkowski Park.

Ben Zitouni

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