Celebrating 50 Years of flood prevention and water quality work in Valley Branch Watershed District

Much has changed since the Valley Branch Watershed District was established in 1968. At the time, development had just begun to boom in the eastern suburbs of St. Paul, with new neighborhoods springing up in Oakdale, Maplewood, and the Tri-Lakes area of Lake Elmo. Several years of rainy weather resulted in high lake levels and…

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How Do You Know if a Stream Is Healthy?

Collecting water quality data from streams is not nearly as easy as collecting data from lakes and rivers.

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When you flush, where does the water go?

Across Minnesota, 533 streams and river reaches have unsafe levels of E. coli or fecal coliform, which are bacteria found in human and animal feces.

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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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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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Find Inspiration at the FamilyMeans St. Croix Valley Garden Tour – July 12-13

Some of the gardens feature landscaping with Minnesota native plants, but there are also shade gardens, veggie gardens, and even a garden with a model train.

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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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Making the Most of Big Backyards

West Lakeland Evening in the Big Backyard: Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-8pm

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Saving Trout

Because trout and the insects that they rely on for food – stoneflies, mayflies, and caddisflies – are so sensitive to pollution and increases in water temperature, trout by necessity require pretty places to live.

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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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