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May 2013

BasswoodMay Featured Plant of the Month: American Basswood

Check out our featured plant of the month, the American basswood, to learn its many landscape functions, including habitat and food sources for a variety of bird and animals, shoreline stabilization, urban and stream cooling, carbon sequestration and soil enrichment.



Metro LakesIt takes time, and a lot of people to make water cleaner

If you are fishing in the metro area next week for the 2013 opener, you may notice the water is clearer than in past years.

Recently, Board of Water and Soil Resources’ (BWSR) staff reviewed clarity data for 80 lakes in the metro area, and found that overall, the clarity of metro area lakes is better than a generation ago.


Image: Lake Minnetonka is one metro area lake that has shown improvements for water clarity over the last 30 years. Photo courtesy of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

DrainageDrainage Work Group recommendations carried in HF66

The stakeholder Drainage Work Group (DWG) had a significant success relatively early during the 2013 legislative session when both the House and Senate unanimously passed HF66, which carried the 2012 consensus recommendations of the group to update Minnesota drainage laws. The Legislature passed HF66 on Mar. 13 and Governor Dayton signed the bill into law the next day, making it the 4th bill to pass during the 2013 session.


Wade SoloCounties take two steps forward, none back to protect groundwater

Protecting and preserving groundwater is critically important in central Minnesota, particularly in the sand plain areas of Hubbard, Wadena, Todd and Ottertail Counties. That’s why the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) hired Wade Salo to work with landowners on irrigation water management.


Image: Wade Salo assists Arnie Rethemeier, East Ottertail SWCD Irrigation Specialist, during his apprenticeship to install a new weather station in 2011.







Melissa BarrickProtecting one lake at a time in Crow Wing County

Crow Wing County is home to 416 lakes and Melissa Barrick believes all of them need to be protected, some sooner rather than later.

Melissa is one of five SWCD staff members that the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is profiling as a part of the 2013 Soil and Water Stewardship week. To learn more, follow @MNBWSR or like us on Facebook.


Image: Barrick talks with a Crow Wing County resident at the annual plant sale in May 2011.

Jay RiggsPartnerships, education moves work forward in Washington County

Growing up hunting and fishing with his dad, Jay Riggs has always enjoyed spending time in the outdoors. By the time he was a senior in college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Riggs fell in love with natural resource management and chose to make a career out of it. For the last seven years, Riggs has served as the district manager at the Washington Conservation District.

Jay is one of five SWCD staff members that the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is profiling as a part of the 2013 Soil and Water Stewardship week. To learn more, follow @MNBWSR or like us on Facebook.


Image: Riggs presents about rain gardens to citizens at the Washington County Fair.

Jennifer ThiemannBernhardson: 40 years and going strong

Nearly 40 years ago, Marilyn Bernhardson had no idea what a soil and water conservation district did, but she applied to be the district clerk anyway. Today, Bernhardson is one of the most seasoned SWCD managers across the state.

Mike Hirst is one of five SWCD staff members that the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is profiling as a part of the 2013 Soil and Water Stewardship week. To learn more, follow @MNBWSR or like us on Facebook.


Image: Redwood SWCD and NRCS staff. Back row – Steven Schemel, Dave Voigt and Brian Pfaff. Front Row– Kristy Zajac, Marilyn Bernhardson and Kari Clouse.

Jennifer ThiemannConservation is ‘all in the family’ for Mike Hirst

Mike Hirst first learned about conservation at an early age. From parents who took him exploring in the outdoors, to grandparents who farmed small grains and raised beef cattle and another grandmother who dedicated her career to conservation, Hirst found a natural fit as a resource technician at the Lake of the Woods SWCD.

Mike Hirst is one of five SWCD staff members that the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is profiling as a part of the 2013 Soil and Water Stewardship week. To learn more, follow @MNBWSR or like us on Facebook.


 


Jennifer Thiemann

Turning a passion for the environment into a career

Jennifer Thiemann's enthusiasm for her job is apparent to anyone who meets her. Only one year into her role as the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) manager, Thiemann talks animatedly about her experiences, most notably managing the aftermath of the 2012 northeast Minnesota floods.

Jennifer Thiemann is one of five SWCD staff members that the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is profiling as a part of the 2013 Soil and Water Stewardship week. To learn more, follow @MNBWSR or like us on Facebook.

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