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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…

Why you should care about water quality

Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and groundwater are valuable public resources. In addition to being powerful symbols of our state, they provide drinking water, recreational and tourism opportunities, wildlife habitat, water for agriculture and industrial…

Grate volunteers keep Minnesota waters clean by adopting stormdrains

Eden Prairie kindergartners join the ranks of almost 4,000 Minnesotans who have spent more than 4,000 hours tidying metro storm grates.

Cover crops, rotational grazing, habitat add up to water quality certification

Ben Dwire of Arco in western Minnesota does a lot to make his farm sustainable, including cover crops, rotational grazing, and growing pollinator habitat. See the video (link below) in this segment of the Feb….

University of MN Uses Stormwater in a ‘Cool’ Way

The University of Minnesota, in an effort to protect local water sources and reduce stormwater runoff, is building systems that collect stormwater to cool buildings around campus. A system is being built near Pioneer Hall…

Smart Salting for Property Managers

The MPCA’s goal is to help property managers save money and protect the water of MN.  The salt used in winter maintenance is having serious side effects on infrastructure, vegetation and our lakes, rivers and…

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…

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…

Microfiber Matters

Take a look in your closet. What do you see? Clothes you wear? Clothes you never wear? You’re probably not thinking that’s a lot of plastic. Plastic —polyester, acrylic, nylon, and other synthetic fibers—is about…

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