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Learn At the ReStore

Property owners in the La Crosse area are now designing buildings and pavement and shaping land so water soaks in naturally, before it rolls across pavement to a storm drain or ditch. The result is less pollution, cleaner rivers, more groundwater for drinking, less expense for cities and towns, captured water for garden use, and interesting, healthy places for people. Landowners who apply for stormwater utility credits also reduce long-term home and business costs.

How does this work? See for yourself at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore!

The La Crosse Urban Stormwater group, Habitat For Humanity and local businesses, nonprofits and individuals are making the ReStore a place where we can see how to manage runoff and create great places at the same time. 

Planning started in 2014, and construction begins August 31, 2015. The project includes four basins to soak up water (biofilters); 700 native plants; regrading to improve water flow and retention; a hugelkulture swale (lazy gardener's irrigation); four rain barrels; naturalized drainage area; food-bearing trees and shrubs; raised garden beds; a break area for employees; and erosion control products including pervious pavement. 

The site will also include beautiful, weather resistant teaching signs explaining every landscape feature, the issue, and the positive impacts of this kind of local action. 

A sculpture is planned for the ReStore parking lot entry, to be designed by Driftless region artist Karl Unnasch and constructed with assistance from Western Technical College students. The public art will be made of repurposed materials from the ReStore and will include water. Old steel garden tools will be used in the piece, so dig out broken old tools and bring them to the ReStore! (See more at right.)

This project is developed by the La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group [La Crosse County, Cities of La Crosse & Onalaska, Towns of Campbell, Holland, Medary, Onalaska & Shelby + Villages of Holmen & West Salem] and Habitat For Humanity-La Crosse Area. 

Many community partners have stepped up to make work possible, including design and construction partners: Coulee Region Ecoscapes LLC, NewGround, Inc., Paragon Associates LLC, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College. 

La Crosse Community Foundation and Sonnentag Foundation/County Materials Corporation have granted funds for construction. Coulee Region Ecoscapes LLC, Invisible Structures, Inc., Prairie Nursery, and Trees Today donated products. 

A network of communications partners are getting the word out to involve as many people as possible. These include: Boy Scouts of America, Coulee Partners For Sustainability, Coulee Region Adventures, Coulee Region EcoScapes, Habitat For Humanity UW-L Chapter, La Crosse County Health Department, La Crosse County Solid Waste Department, La Crosse Dive Unit, Living Lands & Waters, NewGround, Inc., UW-Extension, UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College. The list grows daily.


MEDIA EXPOSURE
WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO
WIZM RADIO
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE CAMPUS CONNECTION
WKTB NEWS | 08-04-2015
WEAU NEWS | 09-14-2015
WKBT NEWS | 09-20-2015
WEAU NEWS | 10-28-2015


PROJECT UPDATES
8/4/2015 - STORMWATER 101
8/13/2015 - LOCAL EFFECTS OF RUNOFF POLLUTION
8/27/2015 - PERMEABLE PAVING
9/2/2015 - CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
9/11/2015 - ONE BIOFILTER COMPLETE AND GRADING HAS BEGUN
9/19/2015 - 700 NATIVE PLANTS IN THE GROUND
9/30/2015 - ALL BIOFILTERS COMPLETE
10/14/2015 – Q&A WITH COULEE REGION ECOSCAPES
11/17/2015 – TAKE ACTION AT HOME AND AT WORK
Check Out the Project

How do I get there?

Our ReStore is located at 3181 Berlin Drive in La Crosse, next to the La Crosse County Landfill on State Highway 16, just north of I-90.

ReStore Location



Habitat For Humanity

Habitat imagines a world where everyone has a decent place to live. With volunteer labor, it builds energy efficient, affordable homes with low-income families. Our local chapter has served over 400 people and is constructing its 40th and 41st homes. Volunteers logged over 12,800 hours in 2014.

Habitat La Crosse



Donate Old Garden Tools

Your broken stuff can become part of a cool sculpture! Bring steel shovel, hoe, or other tool heads to the ReStore through November 30. Artist Karl Unnasch and WTC students will create public art with them for the ReStore gardens, inspiring us all to dig in and pay attention to water.

Unnasch



Share the News

Can your organization help spread the word with website or blog postings, articles, or sharing updates through your networks? Would you like to tour the site during construction? E-mail SoakItUp@OnNewGround.com.


Try This At Home


Yes, what we're doing at the ReStore (and more) can be done at home or work. Build a raingarden. Learn more actions.


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