The Flint story continues

“Six current or former state employees were charged on July 29 with misconduct and other crimes in the Flint, Mich., water crisis, bringing to nine the number of public officials facing prosecution over the lead contamination that alarmed parents across the country.” So starts a recent article about the Michigan water debacle  in the Insurance … Read more

Sources of Minnesota drinking water

Where do Minnesotans get their drinking water? Most get it from wells. But residents of Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud rely — for the most part — on the Mississippi River. And number of close-in suburbs buy water from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Rresidents of Duluth and many North Shore communties rely on Lake … Read more

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What you can do to save water and have a green lawn If you use a hose for watering grass or shrubs, be sure it has a shut-off nozzle. For information, go to:Water Conservation Toolbox

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What you can do to save water and have a green lawn Cut grass no shorter than 2 inches.  It will promote deeper roots that require less water. Aerate your lawn, as needed. For information, go to:University of Minnesota Extension Service Low Input Lawn Care  

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What you can do to save water and have a green lawn Microirrigation or drip systems, not sprinklers, should be used on planting beds and strips of grass that are less than 8 feet wide. Install a weather-sensing controller or soil-moisture sensor as part of you automated sprinkling system. They will reduce over-watering. For information, … Read more

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What you can do to save water and have a green lawn Step on your grass. If it springs back, it doesn’t need watering. Water early in the morning to cut losses to evaporation. The middle of the day is the worst time. For information, go to:University of Minnesota Extension Service Low Input Lawn Care

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What you can do to save water and have a green lawn Don’t over-water. Most lawns need only 1 inch of water each week, either from rain or from irrigation. If you don’t have a rain gauge, set out a small tuna can. If it fills up in a week from rain, you don’t need … Read more

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What you can do to save water and have a green lawn If you are building a new home or laying new sod, be sure there is at least 6 inches of topsoil beneath the sod. Test your soil and consider adding compost as organic material. It will dramatically increase the absorption of water. Follow … Read more