Every year, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources picks a different part of the state to tour. This year’s tour focused on northwest Minnesota, and the first stop, at the Grand Marais Creek Outlet Restoration, board members weren’t the only ones learning about the value of these conservation projects. Governor Mark Dayton stopped in to gain a better understanding of how this work is helping our address our state’s water quality challenges, too. Read the story here.
Collaboration among agencies, local government units, and landowners is often necessary to successfully restore drained and altered wetlands across Minnesota’s varied landscape. This was the case for a recently completed Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve project located just north of Morristown, MN in Rice County. Learn more about the project here.
Accelerated Implementation Grants (AIG) invest in building the capacity of local governments to accelerate on-the-ground projects that improve or protect water quality and perform above and beyond existing state standards for protecting and restoring water quality. The Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization is using an AIG to enhance community ordinances and building codes to improve water quality during new and redevelopment projects. Learn about their efforts here.
In a collaborative partnership with the Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Minnesota Association of Conservation District Employees, and the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District, BWSR created the Technical Training and Certification Program. This program is designed to develop and maintain a highly trained, technically skilled workforce of conservation professionals capable of meeting the conservation delivery needs of Minnesota. Read the story here.
With white flowers and vibrant fall color, the adaptable Nannyberry adds interest to gardens and native plantings in mesic to moist soils. This native shrub is a popular landscaping plant over most of Minnesota, used for soil stabilization, buffers and wildlife habitat. It is also a good option for replanting after buckthorn removal. Pollinators are attracted to the nectar and pollen and many birds and rodents eat the dark blue fruit - which have a wet wool odor in autumn. Learn more here.