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Largest Adopt-a-Drain Program in MN

“In order to protect the lakes, rivers, and streams that Minnesotans call home, we need all hands on deck. There are more than 300,000 storm drains in the metro area, and every last one of…

Don’t try to keep your septic system too “clean”

DON’T TRY TO KEEP YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM TOO “CLEAN” An onsite sewage treatment system or “septic system” is a very effective way to safely recycle household wastewater into the natural environment. A functioning soil treatment…

Stormwater and You

Every resident of Minnesota can play multiple roles in mitigating the impacts of stormwater runoff to our lakes, rivers, and streams. You can install rain gardens on your property, use a rain barrel, establish vegetation…

Energy – Water Connection

Did you know turning off lights when they’re not in use helps conserve water? By reducing your consumption of one resource, you actually end up conserving two. Thermoelectric power plants produce energy by using heat sources to…

Water Re-use in Minnesota

Minnesota is a land of many lakes and much water, but demand is increasing and some communities have found ways to reuse some of the water.  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says that the surest…

Dollars to Protect Water

There is a little known piece of your County property taxes that go to support clean water, the watershed tax. The watershed tax supports local government units (LGU) called watershed districts. Watershed Districts in Stearns…

How to Keep Septic Systems Off Drugs

There’s an old saying, you are what you eat; and to some degree the same can be said about your septic system. “If you are on drugs, so is your septic system,” says John Buchanan,…

Trash from Anglers

Recent weekly activity reports from conservation officers (COs) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are full of evidence of various types of refuse being discarded along frozen waterways. “Once again, the most common complaint…

Hold The Salt Please: Chloride Pollution in our Waters

Happy winter, Minnesota! We seem to love (hate?) our extreme weather here, and our public works crews make it possible even to bicycle through the nastiest of wintry conditions. But many Minnesotans don’t realize that…

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