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Register now for CRWP’s Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk

earth day 5kThe Cannon River Watershed Partnership invites you to join us in celebrating Earth Day by taking part in the 2011 Earth Day 5 K Fun Run/Walk along the beautiful Sakatah Singing Hills Trail by Cannon Lake in Faribault, Minnesota on Saturday April 23rd, 2011. 

Day of event registration begins at 8:00 AM. The run/walk starts at 9:00 AM.  We’ll start and end the race at Rice County’s Shager Park.  For registration and more details, see this event info page.  All proceeds will benefit Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

CRWP and St. Olaf to screen film ‘Troubled Waters’


The Cannon River Watershed Partnership and St. Olaf College will be hosting a screening of the much publicized film Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story produced by the University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History.

This film traces the development of America’s bountiful heartland and its effect on the legendary river. Through beautiful photography and inspiring narrative, the film offers solutions to the river’s troubles through fresh ideas and concrete solutions.

As the Cannon River is a contributor to the Mississippi River, its problems are our problems.  Join us for this screening and thoughtful discussion after the film.  The event is free and open to the public.

February 10, 2011, 7 PM  – 9 PM; St. Olaf College, Regents Hall – Room 310.

New CRWP report – Signs of Progress: The State of the Cannon and Straight Rivers

CRWP - Signs of Progress -The State of the Cannon and Straight RiversAs we go about our day-to-day work at the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, in the back our of minds we’re always thinking, “Are we making progress in improving the health of the Cannon River, the Straight River, and the many lakes located in the Cannon River watershed?”

This fundamental question was the impetus for CRWP to create an exciting new report, Signs of Progress: The State of the Cannon and Straight Rivers.

The report highlights which streams and lakes are improving, which aren’t, and other signs of progress across the Cannon River watershed in a style that’s easily understandable for the average citizen. We hope you’ll take a look, and share what you learned with your friends and family.

CRWP’s Winter Thaw: Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

Beat the winter blues, try great wine, and support clean water!

The Winter Thaw is a wine tasting and silent auction to support the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP). The event is January 16, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls.

Tickets are $30 per person or 2 for $50. Wine tasting and snacks are included in the price. To purchase tickets contact the CRWP office at (507) 786-3915 or email leslie@crwp.net.

Some of the silent auction items include:

  • Special ethnic dinners – a 7 course Belgian dinner and others
  • Unique hand made birdhouses
  • Baskets of personal care items
  • Artist proofs by Jeff Jarvis
  • A hand carved wooden decoy of a Greater Scaup (Bluebill) by Robert Mueller
  • A guided tour of the Carleton College Arboretum during the season of your choice.

Check the Cannon River Watershed Partnership website for updates on auction items.


Filters for Our Water

CRWP - No natural filterWe filter things because we want to prevent something that we don’t want from getting into the thing we are trying to protect. One place this happens is along the shoreline of lakes, rivers and streams. These natural filters help to protect the water by keeping stuff out like dirt, chemicals, fertilizers, and even just too much water.

After rain storms, water runs downhill and picks up dirt, chemicals, animal waste, and whatever else it encounters. As the water hits these natural filters of grasses, perennial plants and trees, it slows down and some sinks into the soil. The stuff the water was carrying settles out in the filter. The runoff that makes it to the lake or stream is then carrying much less pollution and moving at a slower speed so it is less destructive to the banks. All in all natural filters are a great way to achieve clean water.

To learn more about natural filters, also known as buffers, and what is happening in Rice County, visit us at Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) and check out the following links:

Northfield News: Farmers Would Respond To A Simple Reminder

Northfield News: No Will, No Buffer 

Faribault Daily News: Ignoring Water Buffers Could Become Costly

Fred Somers art sale benefit for the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, by Beth Kallestad

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership and award winning artist Frederick D. Somers invite the public to the opening event of the Art Sale – Ordinary Wonders a Celebration of the Cannon River.  The event is on October 22 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Somers Studio and Gallery, 9775 Dennison Blvd. S., Northfield, MN 55057.

Ordinary Wonders II Sun Kissed Shadows Somers CRWP order form
Orders will be taken for prints of the paintings Ordinary Wonders and Sun Kissed Shadows.  Additional original works will also be on display and available for purchase.   Orders will be taken through November 12th with delivery in time for Christmas.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit the CRWP.

To place an order contact the Somers Studio or download the pdf order form and send it to the Somers Gallery.

Griff’s Note: a couple of my photos of Fred Somers:
Fred Somers at HideAway Fred Somers on Bridge Square

Cannon and Straight rivers are less tired after Cannon River Watershed Partnership cleanup, by Beth Kallestad

Cannon River Watershed Partnership September 18th dawned cool and cloudy, but that did not deter the 185 volunteers who took part in the 2nd Annual Watershed Wide River Cleanup hosted by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP).

Due to high water, that as it turned out only got higher the next week, we were only able to cleanup along the shorelines and not get into the water as we had hoped.   Even so, groups working in Owatonna, Medford, Faribault, Shields Lake, Northfield, and Cannon Falls collected approximately 23,000 pounds of trash.

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Volunteers included St. Olaf and Carleton students, the Minnesota Rovers, the Shields Lake Association, the Knights of Columbus and many others.  We even had one person from Austria!  Ok so maybe he didn’t come just for the cleanup, but he still helped.  Big ticket items included fencing, lots of scrap metal and TIRES: 29 car tires, 2 tractor tires, and 1 semi tire.

Many thanks to all the individuals who assisted!    Join us for the 3rd Annual Watershed Wide River Cleanup in September 2011.

For those of you who don’t yet know about the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, check out our website, sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, and become a member today!