CRWP 2019 Annual Meeting | April 2019 E-Newsletter

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We believe that everyone should be able to swim and fish in clean local rivers
and lakes and drink clean water from our wells
April 2019                                                                        

CRWP 2019 Annual Meeting


Thursday, May 16,
7:00-8:00 pm
River Bend
Nature Center
Trailside Building
1000 Rustad Rd., Faribault, MN

Special Presentation by Award -Winning Conservation Famer Tim Little

Find out how Cannon River Watershed Partnership is “Making Clean Water Happen” in your neighborhood. Hear about our successes in 2018 and what’s coming up for the “2019 Northfield Year of Water” and other events in the watershed. We’ll be voting for new CRWP Board Members, so make sure your membership is current so you can vote!

Want to help with the CRWP Strategic Planning Process? Then fill out this Google Form Survey (click here). It will take only five minutes.

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Northfield Earth Day

Join CRWP and your friends and neighbors at the 10th Perennial Earth Day Celebration. Many of the events take place at Armory Square, 519 Division Street, Northfield. 

Friday, April 26th, 7:30-10:30 pm
Contra Dance, Armory Square

Saturday, April 27th
9:30 am
 Yoga and Coffee, Bridge Square and other workshops
10:00 am Healthy Lawn, Healthy River Workshop by CRWP Educator Kevin Strauss, Armory Square, and other workshops
10:30 am All Energy Solar Tour, Armory Square
11:00 am Climate Change Workshop, Armory Square
3:00 pm Education Booths at Armory Square
6:00 pm Climate Action Plan presentation at Armory Square

For complete event information, visit

Mark Your Calendars

Cannon River Art &

Water Festival



Saturday, May 11th

Riverside Park, Northfield

The Cannon River Art & Water Festival takes place on Saturday, May 11, 10 am-4 pm at Riverside Park (on the corner of Poplar Street and 8th St. West) in Northfield, Minnesota. This festival is a celebration of our rivers, lakes, and drinking water in Northfield and its surroundings.

The Minnesota Zoomobile, Irish Folk Musician Laura MacKenzie, the Cannon River Currents and Louis and Dan (& the Invisible Band) will be on the Showmobile Stage. We’ll have reptiles and amphibians from the Minnesota Herptelogical Society, and River Bend Nature Center Naturalists helping familes net aquatic insects in the River Insect Safari.

For more information and to request space for your group to have a booth space or an activity space at this event, or for information on how your business could help sponsor this event, please contact Kevin Strauss, Community Engagement Coordinator, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, or at 507-786-3913.

Spring Is Here:

Protecting the Land Keeps Rivers Cleaner

Cannon River at Murphy WMAAre wildlife habitat, clean rivers and lakes and healthy natural areas important issues for you as a landowner?

Did you know? Money is available to protect lands within the Cannon River Watershed.

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership is working with the Trust for Public Land and Great River Greening to protect, restore, and enhance high priority wildlife habitat within the Cannon River Watershed. The Trust for Public Land has acquisition funding available for the permanent protection of vulnerable lands within the watershed. Additionally, Great River Greening is working to restore and enhance existing protected public lands. Funding for this project was provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund to restore, protect, and enhance Minnesota’s wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife.

Contact Alan Kraus, Conservation Program Manager at or at 507-786-3913 for more information about this opportunity for you to protect, restore, and enhance habitats in the Cannon River Watershed.

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Cover Crop Grant To Help

Keep Rivers Clean

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Increasingly, Minnesota farmers are being challenged to make a profit growing soybeans and corn while simultaneously, making our rivers and lakes cleaner. This is a tall order for any business, especially one that has to deal with the whims of 100-year rainstorms or mid-summer droughts.

To help area farmers with this daunting challenge, Compeer Financial recently joined other partners in providing financial support to the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) to protect the only trout stream in Rice County. Beginning in 2018, nine farmers planted cover crops on 855 acres of land in the Rice Creek watershed which lies just west of Dundas, MN. Cover crops are plants like winter rye, turnip, clovers or oats that are planted sometime during or after the growing season of soybeans and corn to keep the soil covered between fall harvest and spring planting. These crops capture excess fertilizers and can reduce erosion, increase water infiltration into the soil and improve the biology of farm soils.

To read more click here.

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Area Farmers Receive Grant to Study Maximizing Profit by Planting Cover Crops into Corn

Key to growing cover crops profitably is to use the vegetative growth of the cover crop (the biomass) as forage for livestock. Cover crops interseeded into corn provides a source of forage that is immediately available for livestock after the corn is harvested. This project will test the effect of corn row width on cover crop biomass and corn grain yields.

Planting corn in wider rows may produce more cover crop growth, but it may reduce corn yield drastically and reduce total profit. To learn about this question, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture awarded CRWP and the University of Minnesota a Sustainable Ag Demonstration Grant to work with three Goodhue County farmers and one Rice County farmer. Each farmer will plant 20 acres of corn in 5 replicated plots using 3 different row widths and then interseed a cover crop mix into the corn in late June for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 planting seasons.Cover crop biomass quantity and quality along with corn grain yields compared between treatments will determine the corn row width that optimizes cover crop biomass production and corn grain yield and ultimately, profit. Cover crops improve water quality by keeping nutrients in the soil and by keeping the soil in the field. Cover crops are plants such as annual rye grass, winter rye, oats, and clovers that are planted either early in the growth stage of corn or after corn harvest.

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The Nation’s Largest
“Adopt-A-Drain” Program

Adopt a Storm Drain, a new program aimed at protecting area lakes, rivers, and wetlands, has just launched in the Twin Cities.

Residents in the seven-county metro area and Rochester are invited to “adopt” a storm drain by committing to keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris. The simple act of sweeping up around a storm drain protects local lakes and rivers by preventing pollution from entering our shared waterways.

To read more, click here. 


“Be the Solution to

Stormwater Pollution”

Poster Contest

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) and the City of Northfield, are proud to announce our sixth annual Stormwater Pollution Poster Contest!  In
honor of Earth Month (April), we invite all youth in grades 2-5 who live in the City of Northfield to participate in our contest entitled, “Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution.”

For more information, click here to visit the
Stormwater Poster Contest Page
 Posters are due Tuesday,April 30th, at 5:00 p.m., at the CRWP Office, 710 Division Street South, Northfield, MN 55057. Questions? Contact Kevin Strauss at
507-786-3913 or at


Clean Water Action

There currently exists a Rice County Planning Ordinance that protects our local rivers, lakes, and streams by restricting the potential development of many differing commercial businesses within 300 feet of a body of water. This ordinance has been responsible for protecting waterways all across Rice County from potentially-polluting projects by making sure nothing is built closer than 300 feet.
But a developer has applied to change the ordinance and this would not just affect his proposed project north of Faribault along Highway 35 in Forest Township, but it would change the law county-wide. Just last week the Rice County Planning Commission rejected that request on a very close 3-2 vote. The developer will surely now be going to the Rice County Board to encourage them to go against the recommendation of the Planning commission since he still really wants them to change this standing ordinance.
Do you want to protect rivers, lakes and streams in Rice County? The CRWP Board of Directors has gone on the record opposing this request to weaken clean water protections across all of Rice County. If you live or work in Rice County then we encourage you to call and email your Rice County Commissioners today to let them know that you care about clean water and you want them to keep Rice County Planning and Zoning Ordinance 505.17 (the clean water rule) in place as-is.
Don’t know how to reach your Rice County Commissioner? Click Here to find out how to contact your commissioner. Or better yet, contact all of the commissioners! They will hear this issue on April 23rd at their morning meeting- these meetings are open to the public and you can be in attendance to see how your representatives vote on your behalf.
If commissioners don’t hear from you today, it’s possible they might weaken clean water rules tomorrow. 
Thanks for doing your part to “Make Clean Water Happen!”

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Year of

Water Events

(All events are open to the public, visit websites to learn about registration or ticket purchases)

Northfield’s Earth Day Celebration
April 27, 9 am-8 pm,  
Downtown Northfield and other locations. Education booths, workshops, rally.
10:00-11:00 am CRWP “Healthy Lawns, Healty Rivers” Workshop, Armory Event Center, 519 Division Street South, Northfield, for more information, visit


States of Water
Art at Northfield City Hall
Reception on May 21, 5-6 pm

Cannon River Art & Water Festival
May 11, 10 am-4 pm
Riverside Park in Northfield
Family-friendly art and water activities, live music, live animal shows, food truck, education about water and art

Cannon River Mill Talk
May 16, 6:30-8:00 pm
Northfield Historical Society


Fluid: Water Inspired Work from the Carleton Art Collection
June 20 – July 28, 2019
Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

We Are Water: Watershed Art Exhibit
June 14-July 27
The Guild, Northfield
Water-themed visual art show by local and regional artists.

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We Are Water Museum Exhibit
June 20-July 28
Tuesday Friday: noon to 6pm
Saturday: 11am to 3pm

Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

Interactive, family-friendly exhibit that celebrates about how important clean water is in Minnesota for fishing, swimming, drinking, canoeing and boating. Learn about the health or area rivers and lakes and what we can do to help clean up and protect our rivers, lakes, and drinking water.

Cannon River Historic Photo Exhibit
June 27-July 9
Northfield Historical Society

Grand Opening for We Are Water Exhibit
June 29, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College/
Northfield Arts Guild

Music, art walk from The Guild  to the Weitz Center, presentation by MN State Agency staff, local officials, Water Bar, family-friendly water activities.

Nibi Walk Orientation Training
June 30, 
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Learn how to participate in the Nibi Walk program of the Indigenous People’s Task Force, led by Sharon Day. She will lead us in a Nibi walk: an Indigenous-led, extended ceremony to pray for the water July 12-15.

To learn more and register, click here.

Other Upcoming Events


Northfield Arts Guild Open Call for Visual Artists
Would you like to show your work at local art and water events? Then  visit to learn about the Open Call for Visual Artists.

We Are Water: Watersheds 4/25/19

2020 Annual Members Exhibition 11/1/19

Earth Day “Hike the Bluff” in Red Wing
Saturday, April 20, 10 am-5 pm

Celebrate Earth Day by hiking Barn Bluff in Red Wing. Meet at the Barn Bluff Trailhead (East 5th Street, Red Wing), talk with conservation groups (like CRWP, we’ll have our tent there!), see a Raptor Center Program with live birds, 11 am and 3 pm.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Saturday, April 20
Doors open at 6:00 pm, Film Start at 7:00 pm

Sheldon Theater, 443 W. 3rd Street
Red Wing, MN
Hosted by Red Wing ELC
$10 Students, $14 Adults

Click Here for TicketsStop by to chat with CRWP Educator Kevin Strauss. He’ll be tabling at this event. 

BWSR Dirt-Y Limerick Contest

The Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources has turned to poetry to help keep our rivers clean and our soils healthy.

1) Write a limerick with the traditional AABBA rhyme scheme.
2) Keep it G-rated and try to mention MN and/or a soil type.
3) Must be 18+ and allow BWSR to use your poem for free.
4) Email your poem to
5) Deadline Monday, April 22nd, 4:00 pm

For more information, go to 
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