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April 2017

Minnesota, USDA sign new CREP agreement

Almost 180 conservation leaders, media, elected officials and farmers joined Governor Dayton in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, January 17 as he signed a new Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture. The agreement, which came after two years of work and deliberations between the USDA and BWSR, will target 60,000 acres in areas of southern and western Minnesota facing significant water quality challenges, to protect and improve our natural resources for future generations. Read the Story here.

Partnerships for Cleaner Water at Clear Lake

As part of the City Center redevelopment, the City of Forest Lake partnered with Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) to develop a plan for capturing and treating polluted rainwater on site before it reaches nearby Clear Lake. The City was awarded a Clean Water Fund Grant, from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment, in the amount of $382,000 for the project with an additional $95,000 in local matching funds provided by the City and RCWD. Read the story here.

Public Private Partnership Benefits the Poplar River

Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District received an $829,000 Clean Water Fund Targeted Watershed grant from BWSR in 2015 to reduce sediment to the Poplar River and ultimately Lake Superior. The Targeted Watershed Program focuses on watersheds where the amount of change necessary to improve water quality is known, the actions needed to achieve results are identified, and a majority of those actions can be implemented within a four-year time period. Read the story here.

Preliminary Estimates Show Promising Progress on Buffer Law

At a March 16 press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton announced that the majority of Minnesota’s counties are already 60–100 percent compliant with the state’s bipartisan water quality buffer initiative. The preliminary analysis from the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) came as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the state’s water quality buffer protection map is now complete. Read the story here.

Featured Plant: Bebb’s Willow

Growing up to twenty feet tall and thriving in a variety of moist habitats, Bebb’s Willow plays an important role in stabilizing soils and providing wildlife habitats. It can be found as individual plants in wet meadows as well as in dense stands within shrub wetlands. Like other willows, it provides important early season sources of pollen and nectar for pollinators. Its ability to establish quickly and spread in riparian areas makes it well suited for buffer plantings and stream bank stabilization projects. Read the story here.

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