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Celebrate State Water Trails – Paddle with CRWP

State_Water_Trails_50th42013 is the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota State Water Trails system, the first and largest in the nation.  State Water Trails are recreational routes on waterways that are managed for canoeing, kayaking, boating and camping.  They include a network of public water accesses, campsites and rest areas. They thrive on the support of local units of government, paddling clubs, nonprofits and outfitters.  In the Cannon River watershed we are fortunate to have two State Water Trails:  the Cannon River and the Straight River.

To celebrate this anniversary Cannon River Watershed Partnership is hosting some paddles on June 22nd and 23rd.  Join us for a leisurely paddle exploring our wonderful waters!

There is no cost to join us (unless you need to rent a canoe or kayak) but preregistration is required by June 20th so we can plan out shuttling needs.  Register by contacting Alana at (507) 786-3916 or alana@crwp.net.

No one under the age of 18 without adult supervision.  Life jackets/PFDs required. We will do a brief safety review at each site but paddling lessons are not part of this event.  CRWP volunteers will be there to help people get in and out of the water and manage shuttling.

More details and information on canoe and kayak rental can be found at www.crwp.net, click on News and Events.

June 22nd

Route 1 – Cannon River – Cannon River Wilderness Area Park to Northfield

Route 2 – Cannon River – Cannon Falls to Welch

June 23rd

Straight River – Clinton Falls to Medford

CRWP to offer rain barrel workshops

blue barrel-1RainBarrelWinnersSteeleFair_Aug2011-1Help clean up the Cannon River and collect free soft water for your flower gardens.  Join the Cannon River Watershed Partnership in learning about runoff and the benefits of rain barrels for water conservation and gardening.  Go home with a fully assembled 55-gallon plastic rain barrel and the knowledge that YOU are doing something for clean water.  

Northfield workshops will be held:

April 20th at 1:00 PM at First UCC Church, 300 Union Street as part of the Earth Day Celebration.  Register by emailing beth@crwp.net or call (507) 786-3913. Cost is $40.

April 30th at 7 PM at  the Northfield Community Resource Center, Room 225. Register through Northfield Community Services, #3275-W13A,  Cost is $45.

Space is limited so register soon!   For costs, dates and locations of workshops in other cities go to Cannon River Watershed Partnership or call (507) 786-8400.

The Clean Water Act turns 40

Clean Water ActWhen you turn on the tap for a glass of water does it come out full of suds or clear?  Have you seen the Cannon River or the Mississippi River burst into flames lately?  Without actually checking everyone’s taps I’d wager that the water you are drinking is free of suds and to the best of my knowledge our rivers haven’t been ablaze.  Why am I even asking these weird questions? 

Forty years ago these things did happen.  The levels of water pollution had gotten so bad in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s that something had to be done.  The Clean Water Act was a landmark piece of legislation that was passed by Congress, vetoed by President Nixon and then overridden by a landslide in Congress on October 18, 1972 and is now marking its 40th Anniversary. 

This rule set out standards for the waters of our nation with objectives and goals for the conditions they should be in.  It provides the guidelines for states with regard to regulating sewage and industrial waste and other pollutants that affect our waters.  Wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act through “dredge and fill” permits.  The Act has been revised a few times adding provisions for stormwater runoff, groundwater protection and dealing with toxic pollutants. 

In a 1958 memo, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stated that the Cannon River near Faribault was uninhabitable for fish due to all the industrial pollution.  That same river now boasts some 42 species of fish.  We’ve come a long way!  We are treating our sewage, industrial discharges and doing a better job with urban stormwater runoff.  But we still have a ways to go. 

Our stormwater management is good but it could be better.  There is still pollution coming from our farm fields and other land areas – referred to as nonpoint source pollution.  The Clean Water Act has very little teeth when it comes to this type of pollution. 

But with or without regulation, we have the ability, technology, and know how to make some substantial improvements.  It’s going to take hard work, compromise and financial resources but I know we can do it.  I hope when I’m an octogenarian and we are celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act we’ll be able to say that our waters now truly meet the Clean Water Act’s goal of fishable and swimmable water. 

Want to help? Contact me at the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and we’ll find a way for you to pitch in.

Check out some interesting history and this short video by former Congressman Jim Oberstar on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website.

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Reminder: CRWP’s 4th annual watershed-wide cleanup on Sept. 15th; 63,000 pounds of trash and counting

Join the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) at locations in Cannon Falls, Dundas, Faribault, Northfield, Medford,  Morristown, Owatonna, Waterville and Welch to clean up the shores and water.  The last three years we have pulled 63,000 pounds of trash from our rivers and lakes with YOUR help and sponsorship from dial a bin type of services.

NfldDumpster2We need you to continue our work for healthier water and healthier communities. Walking and canoe access sites will be available. Groups from across the watershed are participating in this annual cleanup.  Make a difference in your community and have fun!

Details about the dumpsters available for the clean-up found at: Eagle Dumpster Philadelphia County.

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63,000 pounds of trash and counting: CRWP’s 4th annual watershed-wide cleanup on Sept. 15th

Join the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) at locations in Cannon Falls, Dundas, Faribault, Northfield, Medford,  Morristown, Owatonna, Waterville and Welch to clean up the shores and water.  The last three years we have pulled 63,000 pounds of trash from our rivers and lakes with YOUR help. 

NfldDumpster2We need you to continue our work for healthier water and healthier communities. Walking and canoe access sites will be available. Groups from across the watershed are participating in this annual cleanup.  Make a difference in your community and have fun! 

Details on our clean-up page or by contacting Leslie Kennedy at 507-786-3915 or leslie@crwp.net

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CRWP has two events this week on creating a beautiful garden to keep water clean

Way Park, NorthfieldThe Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP), the Friends of Way Park and the City of Northfield are teaming up for two events to help people learn about and install rain gardens.  Rain gardens filter runoff, create habitat, and are beautiful. 

May 17th – 7:00 – 8:00 PM  – Blue Thumb class to learn about rain gardens

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 West 3rd St. Northfield

The class will cover: Rain garden basics; Design and installation for your property; Maintenance.

Bring a rough sketch of your property layout and downspouts for more site specific advice. Northfield residents may qualify for a $250 grant to install their own rain garden. Attendance is free but registration is requested. 

Please contact Leslie at 507-786-3915 or leslie@crwp.net

These are photos of students from Park Elementary School in Cross Plains, WI planting a Rain Garden adjacent to their school. This activity was an outgrowth of the Restore Institute which was held at the UW Arboretum last year. The photos were taken on June 5, 2007.May 19th – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Way Park Community Planting Day

Location:  Way Park, 720 West 1st St., Northfield

Join us for a community planting day for the new rain gardens in Way Park.  Come for 15 minutes or stay the whole day!

No gardening experience necessary.  Bring gloves and a shovel if you have them.  Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear. Snacks and refreshments provided.

Questions? Contact Leslie at 507-786-3915 or leslie@crwp.net.

Final night of CRWP’s alternative agriculture speaker series is Feb. 27

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership invites the public to join us for the final night of our Alternative Agriculture Speaker Series on Monday, February 27th, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Regents Hall, Room 150. 

PerennialLandBookOur speaker will be Paula Westmoreland, President of Ecological Garden.  She will discuss her book This Perennial Land: third crops, blue earth, and the road to restorative agriculture

She’ll present the "opportunity maps" that were created to show some ideas of how marginal lands can be used differently and how to add value to the two crop rotation system with "third crops".  Learn more at This Perennial Land.

CRWP photo contest results

I entered Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s photo contest this year and whaddya know, I placed. Here are the winners in the three categories (thumbnails are linked to the large originals on the CRWP site but they still display in a slideshow here in the blog post):

Category: Family and Friends in the Outdoors
First Place: Laurie Johnson Second Place: John Muellerleile
First Place: Laurie Johnson
Second Place: John Muellerleile

Category: Working for Our Watershed
First place: Glenn Switzer Second place: Griff Wigley
First place: Glenn Switzer
Second place: Griff Wigley

Category: Nature in Our Watershed
First Place: Griff Wigley Second Place: Eric Mueller Third Place: David Charlton
First Place: Griff Wigley
Second Place: Eric Mueller
Third Place: David Charlton

CRWP’s Winter Thaw, Jan. 29th – Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

Join us for a fun afternoon sampling local wine, local foods, bidding on auction items to include dinners, tours, art and more while supporting clean water and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50.  Contact Leslie at leslie@crwp.net or call (507) 786-3915.

MattJessLornJanuary 29th
3:00 – 6:00 PM
Cannon River Winery
421 Mill St. W
Cannon Falls

Can’t make it to the event but still want to bid on auction items?  We’ll be posting many of the items on the CRWP website the week of January 23rd so you can bid before the event.