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DNR to drawdown central MN lake, Mississippi River beginning Aug. 1

The aerial photo above shows clear water flowing in the Sartell Pool of the Mississippi River and green, algae-stained water in Little Rock Lake. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota DNR. The Minnesota DNR held an…

H2You Clean Water Bingo Winner: The Rothstein’s

  CLEAN WATER STARTS WITH YOU Meet the Rothstein family, “an avid outdoor group of four” from St. Stephen, who enjoy adventuring and spending time together. Being outdoor enthusiasts, Jake and Stef recognize the importance…

Here’s Why There’s Water in the Street After a Rain Storm

SEH Municipal Engineer Greg Anderson is often asked, “Why does was remain on our streets after a rain storm?” There are a number of reason! Rainfall event probability, roadway speed, topography and other considerations come…

Zero Waste Challenge

Welcome Zero Waste Challenge participants! This page will contain helpful information and resources for you on your low-waste journey. The reporting form for when you are tracking your waste is also below. Tips and tricks…

Facing hefty cleanup costs, Minnesota cities sue refiners over PAH in retention ponds

A group of eight Minnesota municipalities recently filed federal lawsuits against seven chemical refiners. The municipalities seek to offset the costs of limiting environmental damages from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The plaintiffs allege that the…

Paddling to Protect the Mississippi

Maya Dizack has experienced the effects of poor water quality firsthand. As a kid growing up near Lake Michigan, she dreamed of being a mermaid. She swam in rivers and streams near her Wisconsin home,…

Program to pay Minnesota homeowners to let their lawn go to the bees

The state of Minnesota will help homeowners turn their lawns into bee-friendly habitat under a spending plan approved by the Legislature and sent this week to Gov. Tim Walz. The state will set aside $900,000…

Bee-friendly Yard Becomes Neighborhood Sanctuary

A master gardener and longtime homeowner on the shores of Andover’s Crooked Lake, Cheryl Seeman has gradually transformed her lawn into a wildlife and pollinator sanctuary. “They call me the Queen Bee,” said Cheryl with…

Finally, lake-river drawdown set to begin

After years of planning and a red-light delay of one year, it’s now a green-light go for a water-level drawdown at Little Rock Lake near Rice and the Mississippi River north of Sartell. The Department…

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