Water Quality & Conservation


Find information about how residents can adopt a wetland (PDF).

Blue Thumb Cost Share Program 

Go to the Blue Thumb website to apply for financial assistance to create rain gardens, porous surfaces, shoreline plantings and more! Also get help with landscaping design!

Rain Gardens: How To

Find information on the benefits of rain gardens and how to start one.

Native Flowers outside the Waters Senior Living

Rain Garden Standards and Design Examples

Considering installing a rain garden on your property, but don’t know where to start? The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission has put together a simple educational packet (PDF) on how to test water infiltration in your yard, how to size your rain garden, and how to construct the rain garden area for proper drainage. There are also design examples for a bird and butterfly rain garden or a native prairie rain garden to take the guesswork out of what types of plants to use to create a beautiful and functional rain garden!

Watersheds in Oakdale

Find information about Watersheds in Oakdale.