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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.

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

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


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.