BWSR issues more than $3.5 million in flood relief grants
The second phase of flood relief is on the way to counties and landowners affected by last Juneâ€™s severe storms. On Feb. 21, 2013, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources issued more than $3.58 million to seven soil and water conservation districts, including: South St. Louis, Pine, Lake, Aitkin, Goodhue, Dakota and Rice. Read the news release here.
Featured plant of the month: narrow leaf coneflower
Are you starting to think about spring planting? Check out BWSRâ€™s featured plant of the month, the narrow-leaf coneflower, to see if it will fit in your garden plans. The narrow-leaf coneflower is a perennial species in the aster family that grows to 25-inches tall and blooms from June to July.
Find out more about echinacea angustifolia here.
EPA highlights Credit River as success story
Originally listed as impaired in 2002, the Credit River and its tributaries have undergone a series of stabilization projects and the river was recently removed from Minnesotaâ€™s impaired waters list.
As part of the bigger project, BWSR provided $130,000 to stabilize the Utica Ravine. This project, with significant support from project partners, reduced sediment discharge to the Credit River by an estimated 50 tons per year, improved public safety and converted the ravine to a neighborhood amenity.
Check out the EPA’s success story here.
Land and Water Magazine features steambank restoration following 2010 flood
The January/February issue of Land and Water Magazine includes an in depth article on an Owatonna streambank restoration, partly funded through a BWSR grant. Written by City of Owatonna storm water manager Matt Durand, the article illustrates how bioengineering solutions were used following a rainfall event where approximately 8 inches fell in a 48-hour period.
Check out the article here.