Restoring Wildlife Management Areas in Cannon River Watershed

By Alan Kraus Conservation Program Manager, Cannon River Watershed Partnership 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 […]

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Win A “Canoe Full of Brew” By Donating to CRWP by Dec. 31st!

There’s still time left to put your name in the hat for the “Canoe Full of Brew” drawing. Just donate to CRWP by midnight on December 31st, 2018. As an added bonus, our CRWP Board of Directors have generated $7,500 in matching funds. So that if you donate between now the end of the year, the […]

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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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