Lessons from the locals

Says Stillwater Council Member Doug Menikheim, “The Lake McKusick story is a great example of what can happen when citizens pitch in to improve their community and different layers of government work together to save money and get things done.”

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Protecting the St. Croix River

In Washington County, raingardens, shoreline plantings and grassed waterways are spreading like wildflowers. There were nearly 100 clean water projects on private land in the county in 2009, and 130 in 2010.

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A new twist on fish fry

For those of you keeping track, 23,000 pounds of carp could probably feed at least one thousand hungry Packer fans, more if you went heavy on the rye bread.

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As the Water Drop Rolls

Long envied for her crystal clear water, the lake uses her beauty and charm to convince Washington County Parks and the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District to build raingardens, porous pavement, a rock swale and native plantings to block a pesky suitor known locally as Polluted Runoff.

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Do you really like me?

My best guess for prom queen this year is the St. Croix River, liked by 16,850 people. Hopefully all those people are ready to roll up their sleeves and pitch in on projects to keep the river clean, now that its been declared impaired for excess phosphorus.

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Green streets, blue water, yellow ducks

Starting next year, the bright yellow Derby Day ducks will enjoy cleaner, bluer, water during their annual float down Perro Creek thanks to the Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization’s (MSCWMO) upcoming Green Streets Project.

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Things that make you go eww

To recap, septic systems need to be inspected and pumped every three years and replaced periodically, otherwise they can leak sewage into drinking water supplies and nearby lakes and rivers or overflow into your backyard and basement like a toilet in reverse. If that doesn’t win the applause-o-meter for eww, I don’t know what will.

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One BIG pile of leaves

This year, the Freshwater Society has launched an initiative called Community Clean-ups for Water Quality, which encourages citizens to help keep lakes and rivers clean by removing leaves and other debris from city streets during the fall and spring when this debris poses the biggest threat to our waterways.

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A Goldilocks Approach to Lawn Care

New research from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) indicates that good-looking lawns are often better for water quality, which may come as surprise to those of us who thought that we were doing our part by growing a chemical and fertilizer-free lawn.

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A Science Nerd Learns About P

If you want the one-sentence summary, it’s simple. It’s up to all of us to stop runoff and erosion from our own properties, otherwise in ten years, we’ll be swimming in P.

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