Sweeping streets and clearing drains for a cleaner St. Croix River

This winter, the Lower St. Croix Watershed Partnership will allocate $40,000 in state funding to help 16 local communities develop targeted, enhanced street sweeping programs in order to reduce stormwater runoff pollution to the St. Croix River and its tributary lakes and streams.

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Strange facts about two of Minnesota’s favorite comeback animals

Deer and turkeys are two of the most common charismatic megafauna that we see in the east metro and lower St. Croix Valley, but that wasn’t always the case.

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New technology coming from Australia to fight PFAS “forever foam”

Funds from the $850 million settlement between 3M and the State of Minnesota will be used to purchase, import, and operate the two systems.

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New study finds that plastic pollution is pervasive in National Parks across the United States

Plastic makes up 81% of all trash collected in National Parks and federal lands.

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Kristina Smitten and Jackson Meadow recognized as 2022 Community Conservationist

Over the past decade, Smitten has acted as a connector and motivator within her community and has led stewardship efforts not only on the protected natural areas within Jackson Meadows, but also on adjacent properties that are owned by the City of Marine.

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Mercury levels going down in Minnesota lakes

In 2020, the MPCA removed Forest Lake, Tanners Lake (Oakdale), Owasso (Roseville/Shoreview), Johanna (Arden Hills) and eight lakes in northern Minnesota from the state’s impaired waters list. This was the first time in Minnesota history that any lake or river recovered from a mercury impairment.

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Walking in the woods – new initiatives to grow and tend the forests in Washington County

This fall, the WCD is launching a new initiative to develop a countywide community forestry program, in partnership with cities, volunteers, and the AmeriCorps Climate Impact Program.

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The Changing Landscape of Nature-Based Education in Minnesota

Spending time outdoors promotes creativity and problem solving, improves academic performance, reduces attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms, encourages physical activity, reduces stress, and improves social relations and self-discipline.

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