Women farmland owners in southeast Minnesota invited to free conservation discussion and field tour July 23 in Northfield

Women Caring for the LandWomen who own or manage farmland in southeast Minnesota are invited to a free conservation discussion and field tour on Tuesday, July 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. West, Northfield, MN. Coffee and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. A free lunch is provided. The program will end with wrap-up and dessert at 3:30 p.m.

RSVP ASAP to me, Beth Kallestad, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, at (507) 786-3913, or email me at beth@crwp.net.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network is sponsoring the meeting as part of its Women Caring for the Land series, in collaboration with the Land Stewardship Project, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, and the Center for Rural Affairs. Funding comes from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Women now own or co-own 25 to 50% of the farmland in the Midwest, and an increasing number of them are sole owners. “We have worked with women landowners for 15 years,” says Leigh Adcock, WFAN executive director. “They are some of the most dedicated conservationists in the region, but are typically overlooked with traditional conservation outreach, which is targeted at the tenant farmer.”

Women Caring for the Land meetings bring together women landowners in an informal, discussion-based learning format for a morning discussion, followed by a more in-depth look at the two or three topics of most interest. Female conservation professionals are on hand to answer questions and share resources. Following lunch, area conservationists lead a bus tour to view practices on the ground. Topics for discussion range from managing soil and water conservation, wildlife management and government cost-share programs, to how to talk with tenants about changing management practices.

“If I’d have known it would be so interesting, I would’ve brought a lot of friends along,” said one participant. Another said, “Thank you for explaining things in a way I could understand.”

For more conservation information from WFAN for women farmland owners, visit the program’s website, www.womencaringfortheland.org.

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

Trout stream feedback session

Rice Creek Trout SurveyOn June 4, Bridgewater Township invites the public to a feedback session on next steps to improve and protect Rice Creek (Spring Brook). The session will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 500 Railway Street South, Dundas.

Rice Creek is the only trout stream in Rice County, but its health is threatened. The session will give you an opportunity to learn about the stream and provide input on plans to improve it. To spark your ideas, researchers will share findings from a two-year study of local brook trout, their habits and habitat.

How healthy is the trout population? Does their habitat need improvement? Where and when are pollutant levels highest? What is the source of cold water that trout prefer? What actions should we take and in what order? We will discuss these questions and more.

The Rice Creek Assessment Project is sponsored by Bridgewater Township, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Saint Olaf College, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Trout Unlimited.  The project received a Clean Water Partnership grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  The Rice Creek Concerned Citizens Group, Rice County, and other groups and volunteers are participating.

Introduction to kayaking: free CRWP course on May 22

CRWP-kayaking-flyerSpring is finally here.  It’s time to get out and enjoy our wonderful watershed.  The Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) invites you to learn to kayak in a relaxed setting on May 22nd – 6 PM – 7:30 PM.

Instructors: Marshall Wright (ACA instructor) and Betsy Wright.

Where: 5351 Elkton Trail, Faribault, MN.

Cost: FREE to CRWP members.  To become a member go to the CRWP website.

If you are not a member of CRWP, the cost per person is $10. Please register through CRWP by emailing beth@crwp.net or (507) 786-3913.

Class size is limited to 16 participants.

Kayaking is a popular recreational activity for people of all ages. To enjoy kayaking safely you need knowledge, training and the ability to make informed decisions about wind, weather and waves. Proper boat selection based on the type of activity you wish to pursue in your kayak is an important consideration.

We will explain the different types of kayaks and terminology used to describe boat features and attributes. We will cover materials and boat “fit” and the different paddle designs available. We will have several kayaks for attendees to sit in to get the feel of the cockpit. And we will have a wide range of safety equipment–beyond life jackets (“pfds”).

We will also provide referrals to reputable sources for on-the-water training, outfitting and group touring. If time allows, Marshall will demonstrate a basic kayaking skill set on the water (if the ice is out on Cannon Lake and the air temperature is comfortable for class attendees) or in the pool.

Experiencing the water from the seat a of kayak is special. You are actually “in” the water, which is a unique point of view. Kayaking allows access to areas that can’t be reached by motorized craft or by hiking. It’s a silent sport that leaves a light footprint on the environment. Come learn about kayaking!

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.

Celebrate spring with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership

While it may not look much like spring today it’s coming soon – really!  Cannon River Watershed Partnership has some fabulous opportunities for you to get outdoors, explore the watershed and celebrate spring. 

Introduction to Kayaking – April 17th – 6 PM

Instructors: Marshall Wright (ACA instructor) and Betsy Wright.

Where: 5351 Elkton Trail, Faribault, MN.

Cost: FREE to CRWP members.  To become a member go to the CRWP website.

If you are not a member of CRWP, the cost per person is $10. Please register through CRWP by emailing beth@crwp.net or (507) 786-3913.

Class size is limited to 16 participants.

Details on the CRWP website Calendar.


Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk – April 20th

crwp-earth-day-5k-logo 1Time: 8:00 AM (registration), 9:00 AM (Run/Walk)

Registration: $15.00 by April 12, 2013, $18.00 after April 12th

Location: Sakatah Singing Hills Trail at Shager Park,

Faribault, MN. The park is located on Hwy 60 ~ 2 miles west of the Faribault city limits.

T-shirts: Will be available to the first 100 registrants

Registration: www.crwp.net/earth-day-5k/

A time clock will display times at finish, but no official times will be kept.

Proceeds benefit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership Winter Thaw event rescheduled

Cannon River WineryThe Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s annual Winter Thaw – Wine Tasting and Auction that was originally planned for January 27th has been rescheduled to February 17, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at the Cannon River Winery, 421 Mill Street West in Cannon Falls.

Join us for a tantalizing wine tasting and auction experience. Enjoy a fabulous afternoon with friends sampling local wines from the Cannon River Winery and local foods from Thousand Hills Cattle Company and more, while bidding on fantastic auction items to support CRWP’s work for clean water.

Tickets are $30 each or two for $50. To purchase tickets contact Leslie at leslie@crwp.net or (507) 786-3915. Tickets will be available at the door as well.

CRWP’s Connecting With The Creek project needs your votes on Facebook

Vote for Connecting with the Creek project on FacebookCannon River Watershed Partnership is planning to roll out a new project in 2013 that we are calling Connecting With The Creek.  Our goal is to engage people at a young age so they can gain a life-long appreciation of their watershed.  With this project, youth will be engaged through interactive, after-school and summer sessions to experience nature in a deeper way. Hands-on activities will allow them to touch, see, smell, and hear the creek as they learn about its health and what lives there.

Now we just need to find the funding to make it happen!  We’ve applied through Nature’s Path EnviroKidz to win a grant for $10,000 that will help get this off the ground. 

YOU can help us win this grant by voting for the project on Facebook from December 1 – December 15th.

Go to the Connecting With the Creek entry on Facebook and vote for our project.

The top 20 projects will move on to the next round of selection by the Nature’s Path selection committee.

Environmental Congress Citizen Forums Need You

A few weeks ago most of us went to the polls and elected someone else to represent us in the state and federal government as members of the Minnesota Legislature, the US Senate and House of Representatives.  We hope that they will convey what matters to us to these governing bodies.  Sometimes we have opportunities to speak to these elected officials and the agency staff who carry out the work of government and voice our opinions.  Over the next few weeks the Environmental Congress of the State of Minnesota is giving us a chance to do just that.  So just what is this Environmental Congress?  As it turns out, Minnesota law instructs the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to hold and Environmental Congress to:

  • Assess Minnesota’s progress toward improving and sustaining clean air, clean water, and clean energy in our communities
  • Engage Minnesotans in constructive public dialogue about our state’s environmental and economic health
  • Identify environmental challenges and opportunities to improve and sustain the health of Minnesota’s natural resources and quality of life
  • Define a vision, and recommend specific policy changes to learn from our past, build on our strengths, and leave a legacy for future generations of Minnesotans

The EQB will be presenting an environmental and energy “Report Card” at Citizen Forums around the state over the next few weeks to talk about the report card which measures Minnesota’s performance in clean air, clean water, and clean energy.  These Citizen Forums are our chance to engage in conversations and give feedback on the report card findings and share our thoughts on these important environmental issues.  The EQB will use this feedback as they host the Environmental Congress in March 2013.  For information about dates, locations and more information on the Environmental Congress go to http://mn.gov/EnvironmentalCongress/forum.html.

Some Cannon River Watershed Partnership staff and members are planning to attend the sessions on November 27 in Rochester and Bloomington.  Want to join us?  Call me at (507)786-3913 or send me an email at beth@crwp.net.  Make your voice heard! 

Locations and Times:

Wood Lake Meeting Center – Oak Room, 210 Wood Lake Drive, Rochester – 9:30 AM – Noon

Normandale Community College – Kopp Student Union, 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington – 6:30PM – 9:00 PM

Refreshments will be served. Free Parking at both locations.

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.

Explore the wonders of the prairie and wetland complex of the St. Olaf Natural Lands

prgrass006The Cannon River Watershed Partnership invites the public to explore the wonders of the prairie and wetland complex of the St. Olaf Natural Lands with us on May 12th.

When:  1:00-2:30 PM on May 12th

Where:  Meet the student naturalist outside the front door of Tostrud Athletic Center at St. Olaf College.

The walk will take you through the St. Olaf Natural Lands to view wetlands, woodlands, and prairie habitats. The naturalist will talk about wetland and prairie restoration as it relates to water quality.

Information: See the CRWP Upcoming Events Calendar.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk on April 21

Cannon River Watershed Partnership Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk on April 21Join us for a Fun Run/Walk to celebrate spring and support clean water!  The trail runs along the edge of Cannon Lake just outside of Faribault.

Start:  8:00 AM (registration), 9:00 AM (Run/Walk)

Registration:  $12.00 by April 15, 2012, $15.00 after April 15, 2012

Location:  Sakatah Singing Hills Trail at Shager Park, Faribault, MN

Cannon River Watershed Partnership Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk on April 21The park is located on the west side of Hwy 60 approximately 2 miles west of the Faribault city limits.  Hwy 60 can be accessed from Interstate 35 in Faribault.

Proceeds:  All proceeds to benefit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership

T-shirts:  Will be available to the first 100 registrants

Times:  A time clock will display times at finish, but no official times will be kept.  Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher.

Refreshments:  Refreshments will be provided to all participants at the end.

Information:  Contact Beth Kallestad at (507) 786-3913 or beth@crwp.net

Registration form (PDF)

CRWP Annual Membership Meeting, Monday, March 19

CRWP
The Board of Directors of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership cordially invites our members and the public to attend our Annual Membership Meeting, Monday March 19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. West.

There will be social time and refreshments, a brief membership meeting and a keynote presentation by Commissioner Paul Aasen from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  RSVP to leslie@crwp.net or call (507) 786-3915.  More info on the CRWP events page.

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

Watershed wide, citizen-led, water quality conversation scheduled for Feb 2 in Owatonna

CRWPThe public is invited to attend a watershed wide, citizen–led conversation on water quality issues facing the Straight, Cannon, Le Sueur  and Mississippi Rivers to be held on Thursday February 2nd at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 2365 43rd St NW, Owatonna, MN from 5 to 8:30 p.m.  The event is free, but advanced registration is required.

The conversation is being sponsored by a wide range of grassroots citizen groups, farm groups, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and InCommons.  The purpose of the meeting is to explore how citizens, businesses and government can share leadership by collaborating to restore water quality in the four river systems.

The meeting will feature a meal and round table discussions facilitated by InCommons  – a community-based initiative that connects Minnesotans to share tools, knowledge and resources to address complicated problems. 

The Owatonna dialogue will be patterned after a similar round table discussion held in Mankato on  December 6, 2011,  More than 130 people attended the discussion that featured farmers, environmental advocates, government agency workers and recreational users of the river all sitting at the same table to discuss the issues and seek common ground.

The public is invited and welcome to attend.  Farmers and landowners are especially encouraged to participate.  To register for the meal and dialogue or for more information, call 1-877-269-2873 by January 25, 2012.  Seating is available for 80 people on a first come, first served basis.  Organizers are expecting a full house, so don’t delay.

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.

Rice Creek partners host stream restoration talk

Trout

Dr. Michael Osterholm, epidemiologist and trout-fishing enthusiast, will share the story of rehabilitating three trout streams on his Prairie Song Farm in Iowa.

Michael OsterholmUntil 2002 the streams were degraded by severe bank erosion and a lack of in-stream cover. Since that time, an extensive effort was made to enhance stream habitat, increase fish and prey populations, and improve spawning sites. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of issues surrounding coldwater stream improvement. Lessons learned will inform restoration efforts on our local trout stream, Rice Creek.

Dr Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership seasonal photo contest

Do you love the outdoors? Did you go on a really good canoe trip? Host a birthday party by a lake? Catch the biggest fish ever? Are you eager to share summer and fall pictures of our watershed? The CRWP wants your photos for a seasonal photo contest.
 
Photos will be judged on their originality, artistic merit and portrayal of an environmental theme.  All photos will be available for public view in an on-line photo album. First, Second and Third Prize photos will be displayed on our website. Photos are due before December 1st 2011; winners will be announced early January.
 
Categories

  • “Working for our watershed” photos with themes of environmental stewardship
  • “Family and friends in the outdoors” People enjoying  water
  • “Nature in our watershed” landscape and wildlife photography
     

Entry guidelines

  • Maximum of 3 submissions per photographer
  • Photos must be submitted electronically to carmen@crwp.net before 12/1/11
  • File size no bigger than 4MB
  • Include your name, the location of the photo and a 1-2 sentence description
  • Specify category of submission: Working for Our Watershed, Family and Friends in the Outdoors,or Nature in Our Watershed
  • By submitting your photo, you give CRWP the right to use it in future web and print publications.

CRWP rain barrels for sale – $40

Buy a rain barrel now and be ready for spring gardening.  The Cannon River Watershed Partnership has fully assembled 55 gallon plastic rain barrels (white or blue) for sale for $40.  To purchase your rain barrel please contact Leslie at (507) 786-3915 or email leslie@crwp.net.

Why harvest rainwater?

  • rainbarrelFree “soft water” containing no chlorine, lime or calcium making it ideal for gardens, flower pots, car and window washing.
  • A rain barrel will save you about 1,300  gallons of water during the peak summer months!
  • Helps protect the environment while it saves you money and energy.
  • Diverting water from storm drains decreases the impact of runoff to streams and lakes.
  • A rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a FREE consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor uses do your part for clean water!

Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s Annual Watershed Wide Cleanup, September 17th, 9 a.m.—Noon

cleanup_logo_color_MJoin the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) at locations in Northfield, Faribault, Cannon Falls and other cities across the Cannon River watershed to clean up the shores and water

The last two years we have pulled 48,000 pounds of trash from our rivers and lakes.  We need your help 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 locations and more information can be found at www.crwp.net/watershed-cleanup or by contacting Leslie Kennedy at 507-786-3915 or leslie@crwp.net

Learn about river-friendly gardening: Rain gardens and native plantings to protect water quality

CarletonGardenThe Cannon River Watershed Partnership and Carleton College invite the public to join Nancy Braker, Director of the Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, on a guided walking tour of the “river friendly gardens” that exist both in and around Carleton.

The tour will begin with a Carleton rain garden and move into the surrounding neighborhood to explore a private rain garden and a several boulevards with alternative plantings.

Participants will learn how native plantings filter and absorb runoff, attract birds and butterflies, and add color and variety to green spaces.

When: Tuesday, August 30th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Departs from the parking lot for Carleton College’s Memorial Hall, at the intersection of 1st Street East and Nevada Street

Free and open to the public.

Learn to kayak

Marshal Wright, instructor, Learn to KayakThe Cannon River Watershed Partnership (events page link) invites the public to join us for a Learn to Kayak class on July 20th at 6:30 PM at 5351 Elkton Trail in Faribault.  The class will be taught by Marshall Wright.  Marshall is an American Canoe Association certified instructor.  He will present the basics of kayaking through informal lecture and on-land demonstrations.

You’ll get to sit in a recreational kayak and several touring kayaks. You’ll learn the terminology: hard vs soft chine; skeg vs rudder; primary vs secondary stability, etc. You will handle a variety of paddles and review essential safety equipment. Also covered: racking & tie-down for transport, launching and landing.

Participants must be at least 16 years old.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  Please note, you must pre-register by July 15th. Email beth@crwp.net  or call (507) 786-3913 to sign up, space is limited.

Trout reproducing, but high nutrients still pose threat

Interns from Dakota County assisted with netting and keeping the fish content with buckets of fresh, cool water until they could be counted and released.Last week, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) stream biologists sampled fish in Rice Creek near Northfield and Trout Brook near Miesville.

Saint Olaf professors and students, along with interns with Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), aided the biologists with the sampling. Together, the group netted and counted over 600 brook trout and 150 brown trout in five small reaches along the streams.

Of significance, some of the trout counted were 2-inch, young-of-year trout, indicating that stream conditions are adequate for trout reproduction. MPCA stream biologist Brenda Asmus:

I was quite surprised and impressed by the number of healthy adult fish and small young-of-the-year brook and brown trout that we found in these two streams.

Some observations were not indicative of good stream health, however. The group noticed large amounts of filamentous algae, an indication of high nutrient levels in the streams. Asmus:

Small amounts of algae are normal, but high amounts of algae can cause conditions that are stressful to fish. [This is especially the case] during warm summer days when the algae decomposes and competes with trout and aquatic insects for oxygen.

In August, MPCA stream biologists will return to Rice Creek and Trout Brook to sample insects and snails and to collect water chemistry information.

The biologists will be looking for the presence or absence of pollution sensitive fish and insects. Based on what fish and aquatic insects are found, they can get a general picture of the health of the streams. If pollution sensitive species are missing from a stream, it will be rated “impaired” and follow-up work will done to determine the specific problem.

Cannon River Peddle Paddle coming up on June 4th: a benefit for CRWP

Cannon River Peddle PaddleCelebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Cannon Valley Trail and the beauty of the Wild & Scenic Cannon River by taking part in the Cannon River Peddle Paddle on June 4th from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM.

Bike from the trail head off Hwy 19 in Cannon Falls to Welch and back, a 20 mile round trip, on the Cannon Valley Trail. Or enjoy a 3-4 hour paddle on the Wild & Scenic Cannon River from Cannon Falls to Welch. 

Put your canoes in the Cannon River at Riverside Park (North 4th Street in Cannon Falls) and take out at Welch.  Parking is available next to the river at Riverside Park and the Cannon Valley Trail site in Welch.

Don’t have a canoe?  Rentals are available at Welch Mill Canoe and Tubing.  Refreshments and other activities will be going on at the Welch rest area as part of the Cannon Valley Trail 25th Anniversary Celebration. 

To register or for more information call (507) 786-8400 or www.crwp.net/events.  Proceeds benefit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.  CRWP and Cannon Valley Trail Members receive a discount.

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