Beautify Your Yard and Help Clean up the Cannon River | March 2019 E-Newsletter

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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
March 2019                                                                        

Beautify Your Yard and Help Clean up the Cannon River

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Tuesday, March 19th, 6:00-9:00 pm, Northfield 

Learn how to plan, plant, and maintain a rain garden that will beautify your property, attract pollinators, and help keep our rivers and lakes cleaner. Also learn about city and county cost-share funds to help cover part of the cost of your rain garden.  Register through Northfield Community Education Click Here .

Environmental Film Festival: 

Celebrating Three Years of Success

The 2019 Downstream Environmental Film Festival was a big success despite a blizzard that required us to reschedule one of the events. The annual festival, now in its third year included two different film events, a Wednesday night UPSTREAM Dinner & Films at Imminent Brewing and the more traditional DOWNSTREAM Environmental Films at The Grand Events Center on Friday. When a blizzard buried the region in snow on Wednesday, February 20th, organizers moved the UPSTREAM event to March 27th.

Upstream crowd_Quiet    About 140 people attended the two events. The films ran the gambit from documentaries about renewable energy development in Minnesota (The Power of Minnesota) andWaterway Jay, about a man who paddled each of Minnesota’s water trails to raise awareness of water pollution, to the quirky and humorous, like Mankato Filmmaker Areca Roe’s Migrate, in which children and adults wearing branches and leaves travel through forests and campgrounds. To see a complete list of this year’s films and event sponsors, visit
CRWP is hoping to expand on the number of venues for the Downstream Environmental Film Festival, perhaps taking the Festival “on the road” to sites in Faribault and Cannon Falls, in addition to the two Northfield locations.
Thank you to everyone who attended, worked on and sponsored this year’s festival. Please thank our sponsors (listed blelow) by supporting them as customers and telling them how much you enjoyed the Downstream Environmental Film Festival!
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Saturday, May 11th
10 am-4pm

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. We invite water professionals, artists, musicians, water agencies, anglers, nonprofits, and community groups to join us in celebrating our waters in this family-friendly, hands-on recreation and education event.
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.

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Join Minnesotans from Across the State for the Third Annual Water Action Day on April 10, Minnesota’s day to let our lawmakers know we care about our water!

This event will include a free breakfast and lunch, along with briefings from experts on policy goals and trainings on how to influence your legislators.

Throughout the day, participants can attend group meetings with their legislators, participate in a youth summit, attend important hearings on our bills, and join in the #ProtectOurWater rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

To sign up and learn about bus transportation, Click Here.

If you’re planning to attend, please email Kevin at to let us know. We’re planning to gather in front of Christ Lutheran Church at 12:30 pm (after lunch at the church) to take a photo and talk about Cannon River Watershed clean water priorities.

Spring is on the Way:

Protecting the Land–Protects Water

IMG-20180708-WA0052Are 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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CRWP Hosting Perennial
Row Crop Study

Kernza (Intermediate Wheatgrass) was planted on 15 acres by two area farmers in September 2018. Kernza is the registered tradename for an intermediate wheatgrass (scientific nameThinopyrum intermedium), that was developed by The Land Institute located in Salinas, Kansas – despite the name, it is not a species of wheat. The grain has a sweet, nutty flavor making it a good fit for cereals, snacks and brewing. The kernel is smaller than wheat and has more bran and fiber, but fewer carbohydrates. Kernza also produces vegetative forage (biomass) for livestock, and because it’s a perennial it regrows year after year without having to plant new seeds annually. To read more,Click Here.

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Kernza photo courtsey of the University of MN.

Call for CRWP Board Members

Would you like to help “Make Clean Water Happen” year round? Consider joining the Cannon River Watershed Partnership Board of Directors. You’ll get to hang out with community leaders and help CRWP continue to expand on our Clean Water work.

For more information, contact CRWP Executive Director Kristi Pursell at 507-786-3913 or

Comment on Faribault’s

Comprehensive Plans

Would you Like to Comment on Downtown Development in the City of Faribault?

There are now plans to build townhouses on the banks of the flood-prone Straight River in Faribault. As a part of the Journey to 2040, city planners are looking for input on the 2040 plan and its developments.

This is a unique opportunity to add your voice – and it is necessary. The planners need to know there is interest in an environmentally-friendly plan. Even if you can just write one sentence, like, “Does the plan take into consideration how best to mitigate the effects of climate change?” or “I strongly urge the planners to prioritize a healthy and clean future for our children.” (although you can write more!)

You can see the plans on the website

Click on “planning efforts” and “contact us”. Visit the FaceBook page to make comments.

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Last Call for Water Stories.

As part of the We Are Water Museum Exhibit, we are working with veteran journalist and audio producer Laurie Stern to collect people’s “Water Stories” to include in the exhibit. 

Laurie Stern has worked for commercial and public radio and television stations in the Twin Cities. Now, as a freelancer, she specializes in issues that matter to communities around Minnesota. For We Are Water, she is eager to talk with people who have a story to tell about the Cannon River watershed. Diverse perspectives welcome, including from farmers, students, environmental stewards, 

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canoeists, retirees, people who cook and people who eat.

If you’d like to share a “Water Story” please email her

You can find out more about Laurie on LinkedIn

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Upcoming Northfield

Year of Water Events

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


March 12-14, 10-12 pm Words on Water Poetry writing workshop with Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy.

March 18, 6:00 pm The Northfield State of the City Address, Weitz Center, Carleton College!

March 19, 6-9 pm Plant A Rain GardenWorkshop (see details on left)


April 4, 7-8 pm Justin Watkins Poetry Reading, Northfield Public

Library, Watkins reads from his new book A Mark of Permanance: New and Selected Poems from Land and Water.

April 4, 5-8 pm #claynorthfield Community Clay Crawl
A celebration of 13 ceramics exhibitions at Carleton College, St. Olaf College and the Northfield Arts Guild

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


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

May 11, 10 am-4 pm, Cannon River Art and Water Festival at a Riverside Park in Northfield

Family-friendly art and water activities, music, food trucks, education about water and art, canoe rides, bounce house, rock-climbing wall

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Cover Crops 101 Tour

(More Cover Crops=healthier soils and cleaner water)

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 details.

March 16thOwatonna, MN Cover Crops 201 Session, North American Farm and Power ShowSteele County Fair Grounds

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Making sure kids are safe at school has always been a top priority for Craig Nordstrom. A Bloomington resident since 1975, Craig joined the facilities staff at Bloomington Public Schools in the early ’90s. Throughout his career, he focused on finding cost-effective ways to ensure the safety of students and staff across the 17 buildings that comprise the Bloomington Public School system.

To read more, Click Here

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