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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Washington County Embarks on New Business Partnership to Save Money and Reduce Water Use

Washington County is reaching out to area businesses with an offer they can’t refuse – cut costs while protecting local water supplies. The outreach effort, conducted in partnership with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTap) at the University of Minnesota includes two components: 1) Free, in-depth water efficiency consultations, conducted by MnTAP engineering staff;  and…

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Protecting the Water We Drink

There are many places where groundwater is already contaminated due to industry and agriculture, leaving even less of an already precious resource available to us.

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Education, prevention, control are key components of Washington County aquatic invasives work for 2016

In Washington County, Eurasian watermilfoil has taken hold in 21 lakes, zebra mussels are in Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, and the St. Croix south of Stillwater, and flowering rush has become a problem along the shoreline of Forest Lake.

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Volunteers needed for 2016 Earth Day Clean-up Events

Plastic bottles, bags, cigarette butts and other garbage in streets and roadside ditches are eventually washed into lakes and rivers when the snow melts or it rains. The Mississippi river gathers runoff (and trash) from 1,245,000 square miles and carries it to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Water News for the New Year

This year, BWSR awarded 64 new grants totaling $11.7 million. Seven of the projects are in areas draining directly or indirectly to the St. Croix River.

Locally, watershed management organizations – Brown’s Creek, Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix, Middle St. Croix, South Washington, and Valley Branch – are all in the process of updating their 10-year management plans.

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Vectors of Infestation

Recently, our office began looking at data collected from inspections during the first half of the summer, the results were astounding.

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Save the fish, then eat them

Public service announcements are being targeted to mobile devices near popular water bodies in Washington County to catch the attention of visitors, as well as local residents.

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Measuring progress toward cleaner lakes and streams in Washington County

One solution in Washington County is a new web-based mapping tool that tracks small-scale habitat and water improvement projects that reduce non-point source water pollution.

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Getting to know your neighborhood uncommon fish

There are eight species of fish in Washington County that are considered threatened or special concern species by the State of Minnesota.

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