If you live on a lake, stream or wetland, plant a buffer strip of native plants along the water. If you have a lawn, keep it small and don’t use fertilizers and pesticides. If you have a septic system make sure it functions properly and meets current standards. Consider an alternative wastewater treatment system, such … Read more 10 ways to keep lakes clean
Plants and animals that have been introduced by human actions to areas where they do not naturally occur are designated as exotic, non-native or alien, by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The department applies the term “invasive” to species that cause ecological or economic harm in their new environments. [box style=”rounded”]The DNR prepares an … Read more Invasive species
The short answer to that question is: We are. All types of human activities – turning forests into farms and turning farms into suburban developments, burning coal to power our homes and factories, fertilizing our lawns and fields, using antibiotics and other drugs, bringing plants and animals here from other places and allowing them to … Read more What is polluting our lakes?
Mercury, a liquid metal – once widely referred to as quick silver – is a naturally occurring element released by volcanoes and the weathering of rocks. But most of the mercury that is responsible for polluting Minnesota lakes and the fish that live in them originates as air pollution from coal-burning power plants. After mercury … Read more What is mercury? Where does it originate?
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 Lawn watering tips