Meetings set on nitrogen fertilizer plan

The first of five “listening sessions,” hosted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to receive citizen comment on a new nitrogen fertilizer plan, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Marshall. The event will be at the Marshall Public Library, 201 C. Street. In early August, the Ag Department released a … Read more Meetings set on nitrogen fertilizer plan

Wells vs. lakes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is embroiled in a controversy pitting irrigators and other owners of high-capacity wells against shore land owners and other users of declining lakes and streams in the state’s Central Sands region. A new law will limit citizens’ ability to go to court to challenge permits for new wells. Read a report by the Wisconsin … Read more Wells vs. lakes in Wisconsin

Freshwater Society in the news

Read a Star Tribune article on Master Water Stewards, the partnership between the Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The program, supported by a Clean Water Fund grant,  trains volunteers to work in their own communities – for now the Minneapolis neighborhoods around the creek and the Chain of Lakes – to promote … Read more Freshwater Society in the news

Don Rosenberry's reading list

Publications cited by Don Rosenberry during his June 6, 2013, lecture. He encouraged his audience to consult the reports on a variety of sources.   White Bear Lake USGS report                    Jones, P.M., Trost, J.J., Rosenberry, D.O., Jackson, P.R., Bode, J.A., and O’Grady, R.M., 2013, Groundwater and surface-water interactions near White Bear Lake, Minnesota, through 2011: … Read more Don Rosenberry's reading list

Don't miss the June 6 lecture

It’s not too late. You can still join us for a free public lecture Thursday, June 6, on the impact of groundwater on surface waters. Don Rosenberry, a U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologist who took part in the research on the shrinking White Bear Lake, will deliver the lecture. It’s titled Not Just for Scientists Any … Read more Don't miss the June 6 lecture

Watch a video primer on groundwater

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has produced two short, jargon-free videos that offer a primer on groundwater and a closer look at the Mt. Simon aquifer and the need to protect its recharge area. The Mt. Simon provides drinking water for about 1 million people in parts of the metro area and in Southeastern … Read more Watch a video primer on groundwater

A brief q-and-a with Don Rosenberry

Here is a very quick mini-interview that the Freshwater Society conducted with Don Rosenberry, the U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist who will speak Thursday, June 6, on groundwater-surface water interactions: What’s the main thing you will try to convey in your talk? Lakes aren’t just isolated fish bowls that occupy the lowest parts of Minnesota’s landscape. … Read more A brief q-and-a with Don Rosenberry

Star Tribune editorial backs water fee increases

Read a May 7 Star Tribune Editorial urging the Minnesota Legislature to enact an increase in state water appropriation fees recommended by Gov. Mark Dayton and passed last month by the House. The editorial says, in part: “The vast but finite aquifers are like glasses of water with many drinking straws — perhaps too many … Read more Star Tribune editorial backs water fee increases

Workshop on Mt. Simon aquifer set May 22

City and county officials and water and land-use planners are invited to a half-day workshop on protecting a heavily used groundwater aquifer west and north of the Twin Cities. The May 22 workshop will focus on the recharge area –places on the land’s surface where rain and snow seep down to the groundwater – for … Read more Workshop on Mt. Simon aquifer set May 22

Gene Merriam: Support water fee increase

Read Freshwater Society President Gene Merriam’s op-ed in the April 26 Pioneer Press. In it, he urges Minnesota state Senators to support House-passed legislation that would raise state water fees to generate about $6 million a year to enable the Department of Natural Resources to do a better job of monitoring and regulating groundwater pumping. … Read more Gene Merriam: Support water fee increase