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Lao American Raingardens?

Lao culture is filled with many legends about the rain. The guardian Nak found at most Lao American temples were believed to frolic in the celestial waters to bring rain to earth, and sculptures of the Buddha that are unique to Lao culture are the ones in the “Calling the Rain” position. Right now, Minnesota is covered in snow, but as we get closer and closer to the New Year, we can be thinking about our environment and our connection to it. Did you know that 50% of city rainwater can get into the sewers, flowing out into our waterways along with toxic pollution that can reach wildlife and other people? This can cause many health and ecological problems, but we can be responsible and minimize our impact relatively easily. One way to do this is through the use of a concept known as a raingarden. Good raingardens can trap up to 99% of the toxic pollutants, according to studies. The Census 2010 estimated over 12,000 Lao live in Minnesota, although the Lao Assistance Center and …