Bringing public art into stormwater management

A growing number of watershed management organizations are recognizing the value of public art to beautify otherwise boring stormwater management projects, illustrate connections between built and natural environments, and explain technical processes in new and creative ways.

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To dam or not to dam?

The Minnesota DNR has removed more than 50 dams statewide during the past thirty years and has found that an average of 73% of the lost species return to these rivers once the dams are gone. Despite the obvious ecological benefits, however, dam removal isn’t always an easy decision.

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Jim Pechacek and Caroline Mecklin selected as 2022 Outstanding Conservationists

Jim and Caroline are stewarding farmland in the St. Croix Valley that has been in the family for more than 140 years.

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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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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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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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Saturday, Sept. 10 stacked with opportunities for nature enjoyment and stewardship

This Saturday, Sept. 10 serves up a wide array of activities for nature enthusiasts, including planting trees, stenciling storm drains, chowing down on tacos and ice cream, and enjoying bluegrass in the prairie.

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Lower St. Croix Watershed Partnership ramps up support for local farmers

In addition to hiring Jennifer Hahn as a Minnesota Extension agronomist to serve the region, the partnership is hosting workshops for large and small-scale farmers; offering incentive payments for cover crops, nutrient management, prescribed grazing and tillage management; and conducting listening sessions with beginning farmers at Big River Farms in May Twp. 

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Community Forestry initiative will help Minnesota cities adapt to changing climate conditions

AmeriCorps members will help help communities around the state increase their urban tree canopies and build resiliency within existing forests for changing climate conditions.

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Plant-a-palooza coming up!

The next few weeks will offer numerous opportunities to enjoy all things plant-related, including two volunteer planting events, a bison release, two native plant sales, and two family nature events.

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