Secrets to success: Cleaner water and healthy landscapes

It shouldn’t be a secret, but you might be surprised to learn that 49% of lakes in Washington County have improving water quality. Trout are surviving and may be reproducing in Brown’s Creek again. Woodbury has cut its annual groundwater use by nearly 35 million gallons in only one year, and Bone Lake in Scandia…

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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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Land Cover and Pollinators? There’s a Map for That.

These records are computerized for easy use, unlike the handwritten notes from Minnesota’s first land surveys, which are stored on yellowed paper at the Historical Society.

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DiaSorin Saves Money and Cuts Water Waste With Help From MnTAP

Stillwater, Minnesota business DiaSorin has cut water loss by 3.7 million gallons per year and will save $27,400 per year as a result.

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Bringing Nature Home

The Rambosek’s bought their home in 1980 when most of Woodbury was still corn fields and open space. Today, their prairie is an oasis of color and life.

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Aquatic Invasives – The Battle Continues

Not so long ago, in a galaxy awfully close to home, the Minnesota legislature allocated $132,169 to Washington County to battle against real life aquatic invasive species (AIS) that creep steadily further into our beloved lakes and rivers each year.

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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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A Conservation Ethic Runs in the Family

Doug Schaffer remembers moving from Roseville to Demark Township in 1969 when he was 15 years old. It was a big change for a city kid. His parents, Kenneth and Margery, purchased 120 acres of farmland along the St. Croix River south of Afton State Park in an area dominated by rolling hills, farms, and…

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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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Creating a Legacy of Landscape Restoration in Washington County – Guided Prairie Tour Near Withrow, Aug. 16

When Jyneen Thatcher decided to make a mid-life career change, she wasn’t quite sure where her new path would lead her. She enrolled in the landscape architecture program at the University of Minnesota, with an interest in natural resources restoration. “Most of the other students in the program were designing artistic features for urban landscapes,”…

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