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June 2013

Multiple ways to drain, conserve

BWSR Chief Engineer Al Kean provided the article, “Multiple ways to drain, conserve� to the June 2013 Farmer Magazine, outlining multipurpose drainage techniques. Click here to read the article.

Monitoring
Current research shows that a wood chip denitrifying bioreactor is effective in treating agricultural tile drainage.

Wetland monitoring season gets underway

From getting vehicles stuck in tire-high mud in the most remote locations in Minnesota, to invitations for beer, food and even taking a swim in a landowner’s pool, BWSR monitoring staff members have seen it all. Since 2005, Karli Tyma, Carol Strojny and Eric Mohring have logged thousands of miles and have monitored countless wetland restoration sites as part of the Board of Water and Soil Resources’ (BWSR) monitoring efforts. This year, the BWSR staff trio expects to visit nearly 100 wetland sites throughout monitoring season.

Monitoring
BWSR Monitoring Staff: Carol Strojny, Karli Tyma and Eric Mohring.

 


Dodge County improving water quality by fixing one septic system at a time

While most people don’t give any thought to the toilet water that is flushed away with each trip to the bathroom, Sandy Schaefer does.

Schafer, an environmental services staff member at Dodge County, is paid to think about wastewater and how it affects Minnesota’s lakes and rivers.

Septic
Installation of a new septic system in rural Dodge County

 


Bio-engineered project reduces erosion of Hawk Creek

In the lower reaches of the Hawk Creek’s main stem, the water meanders so much that five road miles equals nearly 14 river miles. This natural meandering often causes stream bank erosion that carries sediment into the river. In order to help alleviate the problem, HCWP staff designed a sizable bio-engineered stream bank stabilization project.


Hawk Creek
Final view from nearby bridge with rock veins installed.

 


Family FarmUtilizing SWCD experience to improve a family farm

Since high school, Tim Nolte has known that grass and water are two very important aspects of a beef and dairy operation.

Today, with wife Rita and four children, Louise, Jacob, Eric and Eva, Nolte’s family is constantly driven to find better methods to provide for their livestock while exercising caution about the operation’s impacts to the environment.



Photo: The Nolte family farm is upgraded with expertise of Wadena SWCD and NRCS.

BasswoodDNR and BWSR partner to protect private forests within Tullibee Lake watershed

For the first time ever, state and local governments are partnering to protect water quality through a private forest land management initiative. Through a $710,000 appropriation from the Clean Water Fund, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts are targeting seven counties in northern Minnesota for the Tullibee Lake Watershed Forest Stewardship Project.



Photo: Tullibee (also referred to as cisco) is an important prey species for lake trout, pike, muskie and walleye. Tullibee are found in northern Minnesota. Photo courtesy of DNR.

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