We Are Water Grand Opening Shows Visitors How To Keep Rivers and Lakes Clean | July 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
July 2019                                                                        

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We Are Water Grand
Opening Shows Visitors How To Keep Rivers and Lakes Clean

Minnesotans are proud of our waters. Whether it is our over 10,000 lakes or our 92,000 miles of rivers and streams, we often include swimming, canoeing, boating, and fishing in our summer plans.

On Saturday, a crowd of Minnesotans learned how important clean water is to our economy, natural resources, and quality of life at the We Are Water Traveling Exhibit Grand Opening at the Weitz Center for Creativity at the Carleton College Campus in Northfield. Children made fish prints and booklets and parents learned how keeping grass clippings out of the street can help keep the Cannon River clean.

The exhibit gives Minnesotans a chance to share their “water stories” as they describe how water is important to them at work and play. It also gives people a chance to hear other people’s water stories and learn how we can all take actions, individually, in groups, and as voters to make sure we are keeping our rivers, lakes, and drinking water clean and safe.

The exhibit includes hands-on activities, games, and other activities to make learning accessible and fun for the whole family.

The exhibit will be at the Weitz Center for Creativity, 320 Third St. E, Northfield, from now until July 28th. It is open Tuesday-Friday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am-3:00 pm. This exhibit is part of the “2019 Northfield Year of Water” events. To learn more, visit www.crwp.net/yearofwater.

Nerstrand WaterfallCRWP Launches Monthly Giving Campaign

If you listen to Minnesota Public Radio or donate to other nonprofit organizations, you know that “monthly giving” is all the rage. According to fundraising experts, having supporters who give monthly reduces fundrasiging and administrative costs for a nonprofit, allowing it to spend more money on its mission. In our case, “Making Clean Water Happen” in the Cannon River Watershed.

CRWP’s monthly giving campaign, dubbed the Bedrock Monthly Donors Campaign. Those who donate $10 per month will be entered to win a biplane flight donated by Bates Biplanes, LLC of Faribault, check out his company. To enter, simply visit www.crwp.net/donate or just click here. Then sign up to be a monthly donor at the $10/month level or above. Those who donate $20 per month will get their name in the drawing twice. Those who donate less than $10 per month will be entered to win mosquito-proof rain barrel build by CRWP Board Member Drew Nusbaum.

Sponsor the 2019 Cannon River

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July may seem an odd time to be talking about our Cannon River Watershed-Wide CleanUP, but any event this large takes some planning. In July, we’re reaching out to CleanUP Sponsors, to see if they would once again like to invest in this CleanUP, and we’re asking residents to mark their calendars and gather their friends to take part in this morning CleanUP event.

If you want to help keep this event going, please print out some Sponsor Flyers and ask the banker, insurance agent, or store manager where you shop to invest in this community cleanup event.

For Business and Individual Sponsors, download a Sponsor Flyer (click here), fill it out, and mail it to the CRWP office.

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9:00 am-12:00 pm

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Mark your calendar, Saturday, September 21st, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Please join your family and friends at the Cannon River Watershed-Wide CleanUP. CleanUPs take place in Northfield, Faribault, Owatonna, Waterville, and six other area communities. You will be able to sign up to participate online in August. But for now, mark your calendar and invite your friends.

If you would like to be a “site leader” and help coodinate the CleanUP in your community, email Kevin Strauss at kevin@crwp.net.

Would You Like to Protect Your

Land for Future Generations?

IMG-20180708-WA0026Are 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 alan@crwp.net 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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Padding to Protect the Mississippi RiverJuly Cleanwatermn 3

Maya Dizack has experienced the effects of poor water quality firsthand. As a kid growing up near Lake Michigan, she dreamed of being a mermaid. She swam in rivers and streams near her Wisconsin home, and, as mermaids do, she drank the river water.
To read more, click here. 

Can You Help Out at the

Rice County Fair?

Could you invest two hours for cleaner water? The Cannon River Watershed Partnership has an education booth at the Conservation Building at the Rice County Fair, July 16-21, 2019.

We need a few volunteers to staff the booth, collect visitor surveys, talk with visitors about the Cannon River Watershed-Wide CleanUP (Sept. 21st) and discuss how we can all help keep our rivers and lakes clean.

Kevin Strauss will set up the booth on July 16 and all voluntees will receive a “Frequently Asked Questions” handout to help.

To Sign Up Click Here

If you have any questions, email Kevin at kevin@crwp.net or call him at 507-786-3913.

Cider on the Cannon

Member Party

Thursday, Oct. 10th

Mark your calendars for the “Cider on the Cannon” CRWP Member Party, Thursday, Oct. 10th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Join us and your fellow members at Keepsake Cidery in Dundas.

Nominate a Cannon

River Champion

Do you know someone who has worked hard to clean and protect the rivers, lakes, or drinking water in the region?

Then nominate them as a Cannon River Champion. To make a nomination, email Kristi Pursell at kristi@crwp.net.

CRWP Mentioned in KARE 11 News Story on Balloon Litter

To see the story, click here.

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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)


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



Stories of the Cannon River From Fifty Years
July 2, 6:30-8:30 pm
Northfield Public Library
Retired biology professor Gary Wagenbach shares stoies from his work on the Cannon River.

Watershed Moments
July 9, 6:30-8:30 pm
Northfield Public Library
Geology professor Mary Savina shows how watershed connect us all. Bring a story abou the river, hear the stories of others.

Create a Water Journal
July 10, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division Street
Learn how to create and decorate a simple water journal. www.northfieldartsguild.org

Outdoor Movies, Reception for
Mary Ellen Frame’s
Seeing Our Cannon River Photography Exhibit

July 12, 7:30-10:30 pm
Northfield Arts Guild


Northfield Rain Garden Tour
July 13-14
“We are Water” is the theme of the Northfield Garden Club annual garden tour July 13 – 14  from 11 AM – 4 PM.  The proceeds go toward beautifying downtown Northfield.  Tickets are $10 and available at Eco Garden, Knecht’s Nursery, or at one of the gardens on the weekend of the tour.  Go to www.TheNorthfieldGardenClub.org for more details.


Teddy Roosevelt Presentation
August  7, 10:00 am-4:00 pm Central Park Encampment, 7:00 pm
Meet Outdoorsman, Conservationist, and 26thPresident Teddy Roosevelt. Hear why Roosevelt worked so hard to protect our land and waters.
Hosted by the Northfield Historical Society

Run for Beer and Cleaner Water

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On June 15, about 100 runners took part in the “Run for Beer” Fun Run Sponsored by Chapel Brewing in Dundas. Runners ran right along the Cannon River. Participants also learned how they can help keep the river clean from Kristi and sever CRWP board members at our booth. The fun run also donated $250 to CRWP to support our clean water work!

For more information, go to www.crwp.net 

Contact Us | Phone: 507-786-3913 | kevin@crwp.net

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