Turning Stormwater into a Resource at Applewood Hills

Washington County is working with the Brown’s Creek Watershed District and Applewood Hills Golf Course to design a stormwater reuse system that will collect runoff from Hwy 36 and Manning Ave. and use it for golf course irrigation. The project will reduce groundwater pumping by 7 million gallons per year and provide 30% of the irrigation needs for Applewood Hills.

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Tracking the health of Forest Lake area lakes and streams

Who tracks water quality in the Forest Lake area, and how do we nurse impaired lakes and streams back to good health?

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Using rain barrels to save water and money

Rain barrels are a simple and inexpensive way to capture rainwater from your rooftop that would otherwise go to waste.

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Waiting for the birds

While a back-yard bird feeder is a great way to attract and enjoy watching birds in your yard, you can actually do far more for the birds by planting native flowers, shrubs, and trees.

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Wandering out of winter into spring

Beginning next week, local conservation partners are offering a variety of online and in-person workshops to help you transition from winter into spring, and, hopefully, create a more environmentally sustainable landscape in the process.

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A World Without Us or Solarpunk?

Is there a different pathway to the future in which we humans get to stay on earth but find new and better ways to live in harmony with nature?

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When the flowers bloom again

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is currently accepting applications for its Lawns to Legumes program. Apply online by February 15 for the opportunity to receive $300 in grant support to install native pocket plantings, native trees and shrubs, pollinator lawns, and pollinator meadows in order to restore and enhance habitat for birds and pollinators.

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Salt continues to pollute Minnesota lakes and streams

Once concentrations are high enough, the chloride becomes toxic to fish and invertebrates and can even prevent lakes from turning over the in spring and fall.

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After 100 years underground, Phalen Creek will finally see the light

Lower Phalen Creek Project, a Native-Led, East Side environmental organization, has secured $2.8 million in funding from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council to begin daylighting Phalen Creek.

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