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Preserving Upland to Protect Waters

When development occurs, it changes the way water moves across the land. More roads, driveways and rooftops increase the amount of hard surfaces. More hard surfaces mean fewer areas for rain to soak into the…

Green Infrastructure and Stormwater

You might’ve heard about green infrastructure before, but what does it actually mean? Green infrastructure is a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits. While single-purpose gray stormwater infrastructure–conventional…

Fall Yard Care

Fall is a beautiful time to be outdoors in Minnesota — and a critical time for yard care. Cooling temperatures make fall the perfect season for planting new grass, pulling weeds, aerating the soil and…

Update: Little Rock Lake Drawdown

There’s a first-of-its-kind effort underway to clean up a Minnesota lake in Benton County, north of St. Cloud. Officials have opened the Sartell dam on the Mississippi River to drain three feet of water out…

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…

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