Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) received a $3 million Targeted Watershed Demonstration (Clean Water Fund) grant from BWSR in 2014 to reduce pollutants to Rice Creek, Pike Lake, and ultimately Long Lake in New Brighton. The RCWD grant is the largest competitive grant ever awarded by BWSR. Read the story here.
Looking for opportunities to improve water quality, provide education, and gain partnerships is always in the back of Melissa King’s mind. King, a Water Quality Specialist with the City of Faribault had that opportunity with the Twin Lakes Stormwater Retrofit Project. Read the story here.
Grants Compliance Specialist (GCS). The title’s a mouthful, and can sound a little intimidating, but in reality BWSR’s GSCs are an important resource for the agency and its local government partners alike. Read the story here.
Most of us, unless we work in agriculture or have relatives who do, don’t have much of an understanding of agricultural drainage. Given how much of the state is farmland, however, agricultural drainage impacts both farmers and non-farmers alike. Staff at the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources work with local governments, state, and federal agencies to implement conservation practices on the landscape that help manage drainage systems. Read the story here.
The 2016 Minnesota legislative session wrapped-up on Monday, May 23rd with some unresolved issues at its close. Chief among those was the lack of Bonding or Transportation bills. A tax bill was passed during the session and then expired when Governor Dayton chose not to sign it without the other bills in place. Read the story here.
The grocery store isn’t the only place plums are found in Minnesota. The American Wild Plum is a thicket forming small tree that is widespread across the state. They produce dark red plums about an inch in diameter that are valued by a wide range of wildlife species, as well as human foragers who eat them raw or use them in jams and jellies. Learn more about the Featured Plant, another pollinator favorite, here.