In This Issue
St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
March 2016
Metro Blooms Press Release

You may have heard; pollinators are having a rough ti
me. In 2015, American bee keepers lost four out of every
ten colonies. Research suggests native pollinators have also suffered serious declines due to loss of habitat and overuse of pesticides. This is worrying. Pollinators contribute over 24 billion dollars a year to our economy and are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat. 

You may have also heard; our lakes, rivers, and streams are polluted. Most of the rain falling on our urban landscape is collected and directed to storm sewers, picking up more pollutants before entering the nearest body of water. Common pollutants include phosphorus and nitrogen, chloride, mercury, and the chemical PFOS. 

What's the connection? We need more native plants. The hard surfaces we live under and drive over don't allow water to seep into the ground, nor do they treat the rainwater runoff they create. They also don't supply any food or habitat to beneficial insects. 

Most of the permeable surface we do have is taken up by turf grass, which does little for water quality and nothing for pollinators. Turf also calls for time- and energy- intensive inputs: fertilizer, irrigation, mowing, and pest control. Lawn clippings and excess fertilizer are easily carried into lakes by rain. Unfortunately, even many of the flowers we do plant are non-native and unfamiliar to stressed pollinators; some are even treated with pesticides that poison bees. 

But it's not all doom and gloom. You can take steps too. One elegant solution is to install a raingarden-- a depression in your yard planted with deep-rooted native plants--and route water from gutters and driveways to it. Other steps include turning all or part of your yard or garden over to native plants; using less fertilizer on your turf and letting it grow taller (its roots generally grow as deep as it is tall), reducing your use of salt in the winter; or replacing asphalt or concrete surfaces with permeable pavers.

If you'd like to learn more about clean water, pollinators, and what you can do on your property to help, consider attending a Metro Blooms workshop in the coming months. More information and registration can be found at 

City of St. Paul Bill Sharing Request

The St. Paul City Council has requested that residents share their trash bills with the city in an effort to better understand what residents are currently paying for their trash service. Residents should cross out their name and the last two numbers of their street  address and send the bill to public works  either by:
  • Mail: Public Works, 1500 City Hall Annex, 25 W. 4th St. Paul, MN 55102
  • E-mail:
  • Facebook: Post a status with a picture of your bill and the hashtag #ShareYourBillStP
  • Twitter: By tweeting to or a direct message with a picture of your bill to @cityofsaintpaul, or by using #ShareYourBillStP 
Discount on Backyard Recycling Bins

Ram sey County has offered $20 off backyard compost bins 
purchased through the  

Bins are only $39 after the discount is applied(regularly $59).   To place your order, visit  and enter promo code "ramsey", or call 651-641-4589  and mention that you are a Ramsey County resident.

Pre-ordered bins will be available for pick up on June 11th in St. Paul.
Join Our Equity Committee   

SAPCC's board established an Equity Committee as one of our standing committees (joining Transportation, Environment, and Land Use) to work on diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in accordance with the goals identified in our strategic planning process. The Equity Committee, led by several members of our board, wants to increase its membership and impact on the neighborhood as it moves forward in defining and achieving goals related to social justice.

Do you care about equity? Do you want to work on meaningfully engaging racial and social justice in our community? Do you represent a community not historically engaged with the Community Council? We want you! Email Cailin at for more information or to ask questions. This committee meets once a month for two hours; the time of the meeting is dependent on the schedules of the members.
Ask a Student Pharmacist Event at Langford

St. Anthony Park Solar Power Hour

Job Opportunities  

Bryant Neighborhood Organization
-Executive Director
-Environmental Justice Advocate and Policy Organizer
-Housing Advocate and Policy Specialist

St. Paul Smart Trips

Catholic Charities

Get Involved
Visit or join a Community Council committee! All are open to the community and new members. 

Land Use
--First Thursday of the month 7-9pm
(Held at Jennings. 2455 University Ave. W.)

Board of Directors--Second Thursday of the month 7-9pm
(Held at Jennings. 2455 University Ave. W.)

Transportation--First Monday of Every Month 6:30-8pm
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)

Environment--Fourth Wednesday of Every Month, 7-9pm
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)

Equity-- date changes
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)

About Us
The St. Anthony Park Community Council is a non-profit citizen's organization of residents working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life, residential character, economic vitality, and physical development of St. Anthony Park. The Board meets monthly as do our four committees: Land Use, Transportation, Equity, and Environment. Any resident may join the committees. The Board is elected with five delegates and two alternates each from North St. Anthony, South St. Anthony, and Business.
Newsletter written by Cailin Rogers. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Email