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September 2018

Winona County SWCD celebrates 80 years

"I’m a firm believer that conservation and agricultural production go together, and it has to be locally led." — Troy Daniell, state conservationist, NRCS, speaking at a celebration marking Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District’s 80th anniversary. Read more.

In Martin County, Elm Creek improvements multiply

Conservation work is paying greater-than-anticipated dividends on Elm Creek, a tributary known as one of the top sediment contributors to the Blue Earth River. Improvements here ultimately benefit the Minnesota River. Read more.

Buffer compliance on track ahead of deadline

Preliminary reports show buffer compliance at 76 percent for public ditches. The public ditches deadline is Nov. 1; options include alternate practices. Compliance for public waters is at about 99 percent; that deadline was November 2017. Read more.

Recreation factors in to shallow lake restorations

Shallow lakes provide critical wildlife habitat plus angling and other recreational opportunities. Restoration efforts aim to balance efforts to sustain clean water, aquatic vegetation and recreational activities. A Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District educational video lends perspective. Read more.

BWSR updates One Watershed, One Plan policies

The move toward a watershed-based, collaborative approach to water management gained momentum with policy updates and nine new planning partnerships. Read more.

Plant of the Month: Native loosestrifes

Unrelated to the invasive purple loosestrife, this group of native loosestrifes includes a species fit for nearly any wet-location restoration — including prairies, woodlands and wetlands — where a spreading growth habit makes them ideal for stabilizing erosion-prone areas. Their yellow flowers provide an important resource for a rare oil bee. Read more.

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