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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (507) 786-3915. More info on the CRWP events page.
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.
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
Category: Working for Our Watershed 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
The 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.
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 email@example.com or call (507) 786-3915.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, epidemiologist and trout-fishing enthusiast, will share the story of rehabilitating three trout streams on his Prairie Song Farm in Iowa.
Until 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.