Freshwater Supports Governor Walz’s Budget Recommendations for Clean Water Fund

St. Paul, MN. Earlier today, Governor Walz released his budget for legislative consideration, in which he followed the recommendations of the Clean Water Council for how to appropriate funding from … Read more

Meet Darby and Geri Nelson

Meet Darby and Geri! Darby and Geri Nelson are two of the kindest most generous people you’ll ever meet. Darby is an aquatic ecologist, biology professor emeritus, author, and former  … Read more

Elections Matter for Clean Water

Minnesota fresh water needs your vote! Electing people who speak for you is critical as we look to our past and future, both upstream and downstream. The people we elect … Read more

A Closer Look at Leaves

  A friend and I were “botanizing” on our Sunday walk. It turns out I have at least 5 kinds of oak, for which I am exceedingly grateful. Some types are … Read more

Ruh-Roh! (Atlas is Worried)

We usually only see the banks of this ephemeral stream on the north side of our Dakota County property when water levels are low. When the corn is high, the … Read more

Messing About in Boats

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing… about in boats — or … Read more

A Very Special Session

  There were so many great environmental provisions to like in the House and Senate Omnibus Bills from the regular session. Unfortunately, they didn’t match, so nothing was passed. They … Read more

Not Your Parents’ Earth Day

Fifty years ago, the first Earth Day launched our modern age of concern for our common home, Mother Earth. Only years later, Duluth was the stage for one of the … Read more

COVID crashed economies; will our waters pay the price?

Gov. Walz recently announced his intention to coordinate the re-opening of our economy with those of neighboring states. This comes at the same time that the Upper Mississippi was declared … Read more

A Personal Phenology

  My friend Judith was an Iowa farm girl and finds the subtle signs of spring inspiring and a call to action. When she purchased her house in 1990, she … Read more

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