From eyesore to enchanting: neighbors make a difference for water

On a summer evening in northeast Minneapolis, a dozen people in garden gloves gathered to weed and plant a four-block stretch of blooming raingardens. Butterflies and bees joined the pollinator-friendly party. Neighbors nearby came out to chat. Just a few years ago, this spot was an eyesore. Diseased trees that once graced the medians had … Read more From eyesore to enchanting: neighbors make a difference for water

How did Minnesota melt 12,000 years ago?

The link at the bottom of this post will take you to a phenomenal article from the NY Times on researchers observing the melting of Greenland’s ice cap. You owe it to yourself to view it on a full-size monitor instead of squinting at your phone. Scrolling down and back up the article is worth … Read more How did Minnesota melt 12,000 years ago?

Governor's Water Summit

Mid-January, Governor Dayton announced that his administration will host the Governor’s Water Summit in St. Paul on Saturday, Feb. 27th. Summit registration has closed, but you can still help set the agenda by taking the Governor’s Clean Water Summit Survey . We’re interested in seeing how the governor’s team structures the day and the topics … Read more Governor's Water Summit

MDA awards $1 million for ‘Forever Green' research projects

——-   Minnesota River Weekly Update; November 17, 2015 —— The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) received $1 million of Clean Water Funds to support the Forever Green Agricultural Initiative at the University of Minnesota for fiscal year 2016. The program selected 11 projects which focus on incorporating perennial and winter annual crops into existing agricultural practices … Read more MDA awards $1 million for ‘Forever Green' research projects

California: laboratory of desperate water policy

“Let’s manage water like California.”  Can you imagine any Minnesotan saying that? Nope.  But there are things we will be watching and learning as California’s wretched water situation forces overdue political decisions. Their “someday” problem has arrived  and there is no more room for policy makers and agencies to kick the can down the road … Read more California: laboratory of desperate water policy

San Diego water:  Somewhere between “unlimited” and “zero”

Regional water conservation is being applied in San Diego because they must–but is it enough? Minnesota is looking at regional water conservation because it’s smart for our long-term economic vitality and quality of life. Many Minnesota communities already have in place watering restrictions similar to what San Diego is instituting. Thankfully we don’t have to read … Read more San Diego water:  Somewhere between “unlimited” and “zero”

Buffers are de rigueur!

Governor Dayton made a splash on January 16th with his surprise call for vegetated buffers along Minnesota’s waters. Far less surprising was the news out of Iowa that the Des Moines Water Works decided on January 8 to file a notice of their intent to sue upstream area contributing excess nitrogen to intakes of their … Read more Buffers are de rigueur!

Freshwater Blog: MN Board of Water and Soil Resources vacancies

The MN Board of Water and Soil Resources has multiple vacancies coming up. They are looking for people from the following backgrounds with an interest in soil and water issues: One Watershed District Representative, one Non‐Metro Elected City Official Representative, one County Commissioner Representative, and one Citizen Member. Appointments are made by the Governor’s office. … Read more Freshwater Blog: MN Board of Water and Soil Resources vacancies

Business

  As a business or institution, there are many things that can be done to protect the water quality of lakes and streams. Protecting Groundwater and Surface Water Quality Specific Ways of Ensuring Groundwater Sustainability Protecting Groundwater and Surface Water Quality The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program at the University of Minnesotahttp://www.mntap.umn.edu/ offers financial assistance, resources … Read more Business

Community

  As a Community, there are many things that can be done to protect the water quality of lakes and streams. Protecting Groundwater and Surface Water Quality Specific Ways of Ensuring Groundwater Sustainability Protecting Groundwater and Surface Water Quality Organize a lake or river clean-up and celebration event in your community. The website Watershed Activities to … Read more Community