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Group encouraging stormwater runoff projects, holding contest during Maple Leaf parade

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The Coulee Region has had more than its share of rain and flooding over the last couple of months.

That’s one reason why the La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group is encouraging families and businesses to find ways of keeping rainwater out of the storm sewer system.

“Because it all eventually leads to the Mississippi River, to the La Crosse River, to the Black River, Lake Onalaska,” Amy Smith, from New Ground Incorporated, said. “All the waterways and tributaries that surround us.”

Smith is trying to encourage the use of rain gardens or rain barrels to prevent storm runoff. She says homeowners can develop their own rain gardens, based on where water tends to collect during storms:

“People know where water pools on their property,” Smith said. “After a big rain it always seems to go in a certain spot. Wherever that particular spot is, that’s the best place to put a rain garden because it naturally goes that way, anyways.”

Four water management plans are in the running for plants and landscaping materials worth $700. People viewing the Maple Leaf Parade on Saturday will vote for their favorites on posters being carried in the parade.

The forecast for Saturday’s parade is for dry weather.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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