Minnesota’s Buffer Initiative was signed into law in June, 2015. In order to make sure the Buffer Initiative is implemented on a statewide level, Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are responsible for tracking progress towards compliance with the Buffer Law. To support those efforts, BWSR has developed a tool that helps both the districts and the agency more efficiently track progress. Read the story here.
The vision to improve Central High School’s campus began to take shape in the fall of 2011 through a dedicated group of parents, students, and community members, known as the Transforming Central committee. In partnership with the Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD), the Transforming Central committee and Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) developed a conceptual design to collect and filter rainwater onsite while also improving aesthetics. Learn more about the project here.
Working with landowners to implement smart drainage technology to improve water quantity and quality is a top priority in Lincoln County. Accomplishing these objectives while also improving agricultural production is the goal, and Lincoln County and the Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) are making steady progress toward its achievement. Read the story here.
Valued for its brilliant fall color, red maple also provides a wide range wildlife benefits. It is an important early source of pollen and nectar for native bees and honeybees, it provides seeds for small mammals and is a home for cavity nesters including squirrels, woodpeckers, wood ducks, chickadees and nuthatches. Red maple is common along forested lakes, rivers and streams where its combination of a tap root and fibrous roots stabilize shorelines. Learn more here.