Use de-icing salt sparingly to protect Minnesota waters

  Guest Article form the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) As the first snow of the season arrives, Minnesotans start thinking about clearing snow and ice from pavement — sometimes with salt. But when the snow melts or it rains, the salt, which contains chloride, runs into storm drains and into nearby lakes, rivers, and […]

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Wetland Regulation in Minnesota

Wetland Regulation in Minnesota Guest Writer Teresa DeMars, Rice County Soil and Water Conservation District  (https://www.riceswcd.org)   Wetland regulation in Minnesota can be a confusing topic, especially since wetlands come in many different types. Some wetlands are obvious, like a cattail marsh. Other wetlands are harder to distinguish, like a wet meadow or a floodplain.  Even […]

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Community Gardens Plant Seeds of Peace in Rondo

Peace activist Melvin Giles was raised in the Rondo neighborhood, next to the site of the garden he founded and called the Aurora Peace Sanctuary Garden. The son of a gardener and grandson of sharecroppers from Mississippi and Alabama, he has always had a passion for growing food. He partnered with students from Gordon Parks […]

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Rural Drinking Water Increasingly Polluted with Nitrates

ARMENIA, Wis. — The groundwater that once ran cool and clean from taps in this Midwestern farming town is now laced with contaminants and fear. People refuse to drink it. They won’t brush their teeth with it. They dread taking showers. Rural communities call it their own, private Flint— a diffuse, creeping water crisis tied […]

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Little, Lorang, and McKee Named “Cannon River Champions”

Little, Lorang, and McKee Name Cannon River Champions Tim Little, Virginia Lorang, and David McKee were named Cannon River Champions at the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) Cider on the Cannon celebration in Dundas on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. “Cannon River Champions are people who have been leaders in the community who used their skills […]

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“Lake Stories” Project Survey and Clean Water Ideas Results

The “Lake Stories” Project gave staff from the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and the University of Minnesota Center for Changing Landscapes the opportunity to interview residents of two sub-watersheds in southeastern Minnesota to learn about the strengths and challenges they see in their communities and in the lakes […]

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