The eleven-mile long Shingle Creek begins at the confluence of Eagle and Bass Creeks in Brooklyn Park, winding through a fully developed landscape in the heart of the metro before eventually discharging into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Piece by piece, the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission along with the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, are restoring Shingle Creek. Learn how the Clean Water Fund is helping.
The Lower Nokasippi Minor Watershed is one of Minnesota’s gems. Rich with waters, forests, world-class smallmouth bass fisheries, and wildlife, the area is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The watershed is also home to Camp Ripley, a Minnesota National Guard training facility that serves federal, state, and local communities. To minimize the impact their training might have on the surrounding area, in 2001 the Guard started working on a new initiative to protect the land around the facility. Read about how that partnership is working for wildlife and water here.
Since the mid-1970s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been producing wetlands maps and providing wetlands data via the National Wetlands Inventory. The data provided through the NWI is used by public agencies, private industry, and academic institutions for wetland management, research, policy development, education, and planning activities. Learn about efforts to update that data here.
Considered a high value nectar source for both honey bees and native bees, blue giant hyssop has become a popular choice for a wide range of plantings including mesic prairies, savannas, raingardens, shorelines, and the edges of stormwater ponds. Another pollinator favorite, the plant is also enjoyed for its aromatic leaves, which smell like licorice. Learn more here.