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.
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.
As 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?”
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.
We 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:
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.
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.
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.