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.
In 2002, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency listed Lake Volney, a regional jewel, as impaired for aquatic recreation because of excess nutrients. Since then, Le Sueur County, Le Sueur County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake Volney Association, Cordova and Lexington Townships, Minnesota State University, Mankato-Water Resources Center, and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership have worked tirelessly helping the lake and its resources. Read the story here.
The first five One Watershed, One Plan plans are a significant leap forward in the evolution of watershed planning and management in Minnesota. As with any pilot process, there are lessons learned and adjustments to be made to smooth the process for the next round of plan development. BWSR took feedback from the five pilot programs and invested in a number of new trainings for BWSR staff and LGU partners to enhance our collective skillsets. Read the story here.
Native and cultivated raspberries are appreciated for their abundant fruit, but they provide many other landscape functions. Their open flowers make them accessible to a wide range of native pollinators and they can colonize and stabilize soils in many disturbed conditions. Wild Red Raspberry has seeds that are widely spread by birds and animals and can last in the soil up to 100 years. Due to the plant’s adaptability it is found in many habitats including roadsides, abandoned pastures, woodland edges and wetlands. Learn more here.