Looking out from any of the many lakeside restaurants in Detroit Lakes during the summer months reveals hundreds of people enjoying lake life, the beautiful mile-long city beach, dozens of boats cruising up and down the shorelines, and fishing in the city’s namesake waterbody – Detroit Lake. Given this, it’s likely no surprise that in the early 1990s there was significant concern when residents and visitors started noticing a marked decline in water quality in Big and Little Detroit Lakes. Read more here.
The largest bioreactor in the nation is up and running here in Minnesota, just north of Blue Earth in Faribault County. This project, known as County Ditch 62 (CD62), did more than just implement conservation practices, it provided hands-on learning and is supporting research that will be used for years to come. Learn more about the project here.
Minnesota’s Wetland Bank for Agriculture was established in 2012, the first program of its kind in the nation. Last month, BWSR received $1 million in funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in support of this banking program. Read the story here.
Pounding waves, ice flows and flooding create difficult conditions for plants, but with its extensive root system False Indigo is a species that is adapted to these difficult conditions. It is often found on the shores of large rivers and lakes, where it plays an important role in stabilizing soils and providing wildlife habitat. In addition to assisting songbird and pollinator populations, the species also supports a wide range of moth and caterpillar larvae. Learn more here.