Watershed rules guide water-friendly development

For each Scrabble game, there must be at least two players and no more than four. Tiles can only be placed from left to right or from top to bottom. Words placed diagonally or backwards are not allowed. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins. To make pickles, stir…

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Statewide Feedback on Water Issues Echoes Local Concerns in East Metro and St. Croix Valley

Data shows that 40% of Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams are classified as impaired, and the East Metro and St. Croix Valley are no exception.

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Minnesotans Call for New Legislation to Promote Smart Salting

Written in partnership with Watershed Partners: http://www.cleanwatermn.org More than ten years ago, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to a frightening realization. After testing lakes and streams in the Twin Cities metro area, they discovered that chloride levels in many were climbing, and that some were already too salty to support fish. Further testing…

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Community Water Meetings Offer Citizens the Opportunity to Help Shape Minnesota Policy

The Stillwater Town Hall meeting will be held on Oct. 5. There will be smaller community water meetings on Thursday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8:30pm at the White Bear Lake City Hall; Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6:30-8:30pm at the R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury; and Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30pm at the Marine Town Hall.

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Talking Turf and Water in Forest Lake

“If you’re going to choose turf,” he says, “be responsible in how you take care of it. Research shows that a poorly maintained lawn with bare patches can be almost as bad for lakes as an over-fertilized lawn.”

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Using a Watershed Approach to Restore Area Lakes

On Friday, January 27, the Comfort Lake – Forest Lake Watershed District broke ground on a $536,605 wetland restoration project in southern Chisago County that will ultimately improve water quality in Moody Lake (Chisago Lake Twp.) and Bone Lake (Scandia). The project will serve as an example for how to work at a watershed scale, as…

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2017 Brings More Than $2 Million in Clean Water Funds to Washington County

$505,000 will be used to help Forest Lake Area Schools, the Rice Creek Watershed District and the City of Forest Lake retrofit stormwater ponds and construct new irrigation systems to reduce groundwater use by more than 4 million gallons per year.

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Splish, Splash, Creepy Crawlies

Aquatic macroinvertebrates are small animals that live in the water and are big enough to see with the naked eye … insects, snails, clams, shrimp, leeches and other creepy crawlies.

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Recent unhealthy air a reminder that air and water don’t follow political boundaries

It turns out that atmospheric deposition (mercury in the air that falls down onto the land and water) supplies more than 99.5% of the mercury getting into fish.

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