Thank You Donors | January 2019 Cannon Currents E-Newsletter

Cannon Currents

CRWP works for the day when everyone can safely swim and fish in healthy rivers
and lakes and drink clean water from all our wells
January 2019                                                                        

And the Winner is …
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Lorn Manthey

of Northfield, MN

Thank you to everyone who made a Year-End Donation in 2018. Thanks to your support we exceeded our fundraising goal, which means we can support even more clean water projects in 2019, including the “Northfield Year of Water” (see below).

On the evening of Tuesday, January 15th, CRWP staff and a neutral 6-year-old child met in the CRWP conference room along with a big metal bowl containing 506 numbered tickets. Each number corresponded to a name on the “Canoe Full of Brew” Donor List. Our volunteer child picked ticket number 293. Then CRWP Executive Director Kristi Pursell looked at the “Canoe Full of Brew” Donor List and saw that number 293 was the number for Lorn Manthey. We had 506 “Canoe Full of Brew” entries and since you received one entry for each $50 donation, we had 252 unique donors in our Year-End Campaign. Watch the drawing video here.
Thanks again for everyone who donated to the “Canoe Full of Brew” and to everyone who donated as part of our Year-End Campaign. You Make Clean Water Happen!

Brew Donors:
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2019 Downstream


Film Festival


Remember last year when over 200 people crammed into Imminent Brewing to take part in the Downstream Environmental Film Festival? Many of our members said it was the most fun they’d had at a water event, ever!

Well we’re doing it again, twice! The Downstream Environmental Film Festival now includestwo events.

UPSTREAM Dinner & Films
Wednesday, Feb. 20th 6:00 pm,
Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St. Unit 2, Northfield

* Dinner will be a selection of favorite entrees from the Just Food Co-op deli plus dessert and a beverage from the brewery included!
* Watch festival favorites and converse with filmmakers and curators from the festival as well as viewing bonus content
* Doors open at 6:00pm with live music, film program begins at 7:00pm
* All ages welcome!
* Tickets: $30 in advance or $40 at the door (Limited quantity available) purchase online at 

DOWNSTREAM Film Festival
Friday, Feb. 22nd, 7:00 pm,
The Grand Events Center, 316 Washington St., Northfield

*17 short MN, national & international films
*Documentary, narrative, experimental and animated films
*Free kombucha and popcorn provided by Just Food Co-op
*Beer and wine available for purchase
*Doors open at 7:00pm, films begin at 7:30pm
*Tickets $10 (limited quantity available) purchase online at 

Get Double the Benefit:

Protecting the Land–Protects Water

IMG_0476Are wildlife habitat loss, clean rivers and lakes and 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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Thank You Donors!

252 Donors Powered

Our Successful 2018

Year End Fundraising


We are pleased to announce that CRWP exceeded our 2018 Fundraising Goal.

Those additional funds mean that CRWP will be able to invest in even more Clean Water Projects and Programs in 2019, including the dozens of events taking place for the “Northfield Year of Water”!

Thanks gain for everyone who donated their time and resources to this campaign.

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Restoring Wildlife

Management Areas in

the Cannon River


Imagine walking through our area forests without having to push through thick bushes of buckthorn. Imagine hiking through a prairie without seeing any six-foot-tall wild parsnip, an invasive plant that can give you severe rashes when you bump against it.

These are but a few of the goals that Great River Greening and the Minnesota DNR have for restoring four Wildlife Management Areas in the Cannon River Watershed.

Wildlife management areas (WMAs) are part of Minnesota’s outdoor recreation system that have been established to protect lands and waters that have a high potential for wildlife production, public hunting, trapping, fishing, and other recreational activities. Read more.

2019 is the “Northfield

Year of Water”!

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, the Northfield City Council passed a resolution naming 2019 the “Northfield Year of Water”

The resolution read, in part:

The Mayor and City Council proclaims 2019 to be the “Year of Water” in the City of Northfield and encourages residents, city staff, businesses, and visitors to do their part to learn about clean water issues anddo their part to keep our rivers, lakes, and drinking water clean and safe.
Thank You City of Northfield. We look forward to working with the City on clean water programs this year!

Upcoming Northfield

Year of Water Events

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


Feb. 7, 14  We Are Water–Suminagashi Water Art Workshop (FiftyNorth)

Feb. 13, 20, 27  We Are Water–Printmaking Wood Water Art Workshop

Feb. 18-22 Carleton College Climate Action Week (CAW)

Feb. 17, 7-8:30 pm, The State of the Cannon River         presentation, Weitz Center, Carleton College (CAW), free

Feb. 19, 12:00-1:00 pm, “Water, Water, Everywhere…”   Water Policy Discussion, Carlton College (CAW), free

Feb. 20, 6:00-9:00 pm, Upstream Dinner & Films,   Imminent Brewing (see article on left) visit   to purchase tickets.

Feb. 22, 7:00-10:00 pm, Downstream Film Festival, The Grant Event Center (see article on   left), visit to purchase tickets.

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Cover Crops 101 Tour

Mower/Freeborn County farmer Tom Cotter and TJ Kartes, of Saddle Butte seed company, will talk cover crop seed origination; species and species mixes; step-by-step production; and value of cover crop technology. These sessions are FREE to attend. Contact Tom ( ) or TJ ( by email for more information!

February 5th—Albert Lea, MN      6:00-8:00 PM
Freeborn County Government Center—Freeborn Room  411 Broadway S, Albert Lea MN 56007

February 6th—Stewartville, MN     4:00-6:00 PM
Stewartville Civic Center—105 East 1st Street Stewartville, MN

February 21st—Owatonna, MN    6:00-8:00 PM
Steele County Community Center—1380 S Elm Street Owatonna, MN

For more information, go to 
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