The Verdi Well Field is one of four well fields operated by Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water in Southwest Minnesota. It supplies drinking water to ten community water suppliers, serving about 4,509 people and 1,161 rural hookups. It is the main public water supply source for Lincoln County and functions as a backup water source in four neighboring counties. However, nitrate levels in the wells in 2011 indicated the presence of nitrate-nitrogen in all of the wells. State agencies, local governments, and landowners are working together to address the issue. Read the story here.
The majority of Pope County is located within the 1.3 million acre Chippewa River Watershed, which includes Minnesota’s 13th largest lake - Lake Minnewaska. This 8,050 acre lake is an economic driver in the region. The lake’s water quality is important to the community. Read the story here.
Yellow Medicine Watershed: Planning for a new era in water management Text: Since submitting a nomination to be a part of One Watershed, One Plan in early 2014, Lyon, Lincoln, Yellow Medicine, and Lac qui Parle Counties and their Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been deeply engaged in making progress on the Yellow Medicine Watershed Plan. Read the story here.
The fruit from Black Cherry and Chokecherry trees is a favorite and has many uses in jams, jellies, and flavoring. Along with their fruit, these cherry trees are used for mine reclamation, wood production and as a wildlife food source. They grow in a variety of environments including prairies and forests. Pollinators are attracted to the white pungent flowers for the nectar and pollen. Learn more about the featured plant here.