Like water flowing east

Clouds and mountains all tangled together up to the blue sky a rough road and deep woods without any travelers far away the lone moon a bright glistening white nearby a flock of birds sobbing like children one old man sitting alone   perched in these green mountains a small shack   the retired life   letting my…

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Improving Soil Health, Measuring Economic Benefits, and Learning From Other Farmers

In 2016, Moore found that he no longer had to spend time or money to repair erosion in his fields and he observed fewer problems with weed pressure and white mold in soybeans.

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Elected Board at Washington Conservation District Provides Leadership Behind the Scenes

Though board supervisors rarely end up in the spotlight, their leadership helps to guide land and water protection efforts across Washington County.

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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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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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Two Llamas and a Prairie

“For our 25th anniversary – the silver anniversary – we got a doe with silver ears and two baby goats.” Becky Vierling smiles as she talks about the small farm in Denmark Township that she and her husband Philip bought in 2003. When the Vierlings took on a more than 100-year old farm house with…

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Conservation in the time of wrath

Deep-rooted prairie grasses could find moisture during the driest of summers, but farm crops died quickly, leaving nothing behind but bare soil. During the ensuing Dust Bowl, clouds of dirt darkened the sun, burying homes and hopes in their wake.

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Grassed Waterways

Per acre, lawns and suburban landscapes create as much polluted runoff as farmland, but cropland has a larger overall impact on our St. Croix, Mississippi and Minnesota River systems simply because so much more land is covered in crops than lawns.

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Local Afton couple lends a helping hand to Valley Creek

In striving to improve their little corner of the woods, Mike and Trudy Berggren have demonstrated that conservation is a gift that one can both give and receive.

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Out Standing in their Field

Standing in their field that day, the Warmingtons knew that the folks at the WCD would be able to help them with this gully as well.

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