Adapting to a Changing Climate (Or, the Importance of Wearing a Hat in the Rain)

I’ll never forget the time that I got lost running on the trails at Jay Cooke State Park in the pouring rain. My friends and I were up north for a 1980’s style girls-weekend camping trip (more on that another time) and I was training for my second Grandma’s Marathon. Early in the morning, I…

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Celebrate Summer With WaterFest, Explore Your Parks Day, and Lake Fest – June 3

On Saturday, June 3, a variety of outdoor and family-friendly activities are scheduled around the east metro to help kick-off the summer. Events include WaterFest at Lake Phalen in Maplewood/St. Paul, Explore Your Parks Day at Washington County Parks, and Lake Fest in Forest Lake.

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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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Could steel wool lead to cleaner water?

Since 2005, iron-enhanced sand filters have moved from the laboratory into the field, where they are quickly becoming a popular tool in the fight against stormwater pollution.

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Downsizing to a small backyard

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8pm, Marge and Steve Sagstetter will invite neighbors and interested community members to join them for an educational event in their backyard.

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Chasing the Spring

Though the thermometer might not show it, one sure sign of spring is the Master Gardeners’ spring landscape workshop, scheduled for this coming weekend, March 7, at the Oakdale Discovery Center.

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Thriving in the face of the Winter-maker

Ten minutes before show time, the crowd was still small, but by the time the narrator began, nearly every seat was taken in the outdoor amphitheater near the lake.

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As the Water Drop Rolls

Elsewhere across the east metro, homeowners wielding shovels and pitchforks laid traps, disguised as ornamental landscaping, to keep nutrients and other pollutants out of local waterways.

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How’s the Water Minnesota? (Part 1 – Lakes)

Deeper lakes fare better than shallow ones, and the lakes in less developed portions of the metro are doing better than those in cities or adjacent to farms.

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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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