Secrets to success: Cleaner water and healthy landscapes

It shouldn’t be a secret, but you might be surprised to learn that 49% of lakes in Washington County have improving water quality. Trout are surviving and may be reproducing in Brown’s Creek again. Woodbury has cut its annual groundwater use by nearly 35 million gallons in only one year, and Bone Lake in Scandia…

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Water Quality Certification Program Helps to Nudge Minnesota Farmers in a New Direction

Today, Arnold is somewhat of a trendsetter herself. She farms just over 40-acres of land along the St. Croix River in Scandia and has become an advocate for the river and other environmental concerns.

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A New Bridge and Better Habitat Along the Mississippi River

This fall, Washington County and South Washington Watershed District are constructing a new bridge in Grey Cloud Township that will finally restore the natural water flow in Grey Cloud Slough and help to flush out sediment and nutrients that have accumulated over the past 50 years.

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Reflecting on 75 Years of Conservation in Washington County

The landscape of Washington County has changed tremendously since 1942, but many of our conservation challenges and solutions remain the same.

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Condos and Townhomes Are Going Green

Working with board members from the association, landscape designer Tara Kline put together a design that replaced around 3,325 square feet of turf with native plants. The swale features “thirsty” shrubs like dogwood that soak up lots of water, as well as plants like cup plant, joe pyweed, blue flag iris, and sedges that provide both beauty and habitat.

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Brown’s Creek Feels the Chill

For Brown’s Creek Watershed District, nursing its namesake waterway back to good health is a top priority.

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From the Tip-top of Mount Crumpit

At the peak, I paused a moment to catch my breath and then, I put a hand to my ear. I heard a sound rising up from the valley. It started in low. Then it started to grow. A tiny Who down in Whoville was singing a song and his little voice rose up through the trees.

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Stabilizing the St. Croix River Bluff in Lakeland

The Quixote Ave. project demonstrates the importance of working collaboratively and using innovative approaches to address modern water quality problems.

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Exploring the new Brown’s Creek Trail

Converting the rail bed into a walking and biking trail created an opportunity to correct some of the historic damage to Brown’s Creek.

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As the Water Drop Rolls

“We need phosphorus to eat,” they plead. “If you’ll just give us a little more food, we promise not to turn Colby Lake green and steal all the oxygen from the fish next time.”

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