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September 2017

Boyer Lake: A sparkling success story

Lakes are the lifeblood of Becker County, and when a lake becomes impaired it can have significant impacts on the local economy. A study conducted within the Pelican River Watershed area in Becker County found that a mere 1-foot decline in water clarity translated to an approximate $11,500 average loss of value per parcel of lakeshore property. Read the story here.

Minnesota CREP officially underway

After more than two years of planning and laying the foundation for Minnesota CREP, the program officially launched and began taking its first applications this spring. The program is a partnership between the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency (FSA). MN CREP uses a science-based approach to target environmentally sensitive land across 54 counties in southern and western Minnesota. Read the story here.

Otter Tail River bank stabilization preserves farmland, pleases paddlers

The Otter Tail River devoured topsoil by the ton. As it wound toward the Red River of the North and Lake Winnipeg, the Otter Tail bit into 80 acres of Wilkin County clay – good cropland, in Karlo Etten’s family for 100-plus years. The bank dropped 15 feet at its steepest point along a curve that defined the field’s edge. Read the story here.

Featured Plant: Lance Selfheal

Lance Selfheal is a native Minnesota plant that, when not mowed, will flower and provide nectar to butterflies and bumblebees. As the name suggests it’s known for its medicinal use for a variety of ailments. Although it is a member of the mint family, it does not share the same fragrant leaves. With unique, attractive flowers and a later summer blooming period, Lance Selfheal is a great addition to pollinator lawns and gardens. Read more here.

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