Ikes-Freshwater set March 12 watershed workshop


Learn about how watershed districts in Minnesota are governed and what they do. And, most important, learn how citizens can work through local watershed organizations to improve water quality in the lakes, rivers and streams around them.

On Saturday, March 12, the Izaak Walton League and the Freshwater Society will sponsor a workshop titled “Managing Water on the Land from a Watershed Perspective.”

For more information, an agenda and registration details, go to the web site of the Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League.

Tom Davenport, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s expert on nonpoint-source pollution, especially pollution from agricultural runoff, will give the keynote luncheon address. Davenport’s talk, titled “Managing Nutrients from the Headwaters to the Gulf,” will examine how land use in the Mississippi River basin, causes problems, both in the river and in the Gulf of Mexico. He will discuss how Minnesota anti-pollution efforts fit into a national plan to restore the Gulf.

The workshop – the latest in an annual series of Izaak Walton League summit meetings on important water and conservation issues – will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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