In this issue:

Water Fest: Clear direction in turbid times

Eight SWCDs from seven counties worked with partners including the DNR, Red Lake Watershed District and International Water Institute to offer virtual and socially distanced versions of a popular annual event for elementary school students.

Capacity gains equal conservation gains

A look at six southwestern Minnesota SWCDs shows that staff hires and equipment upgrades made possible by allocated Clean Water Fund capacity dollars lead to more conservation implementation. The SWCDs include Jackson SWCD, Lyon SWCD, Murray SWCD, Nobles SWCD, Pipestone SWCD and Rock SWCD.

Wright County tackles drainage and water quality

Farmers within the Wright County Ditch 10 system and Ann Lake residents downstream anticipate improvements from Wright SWCD’s $490,000 multipurpose drainage management Clean Water Fund-supported work.

Virtual, compressed BWSR Academy draws record attendance

More than 430 conservation professionals participated in 24 sessions that ranged from grant reporting and management to field photography, GIS, communications and soil health.