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Mowing in the winter: Steve Malecha gives Northfield’s storm water ponds a shave

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Steve Malecha, operator for the City of Northfield’s Public Works Department, was mowing the invasive trees around Hidden Valley Pond last Friday, right outside my back door.

The City rented the skid steer loader for a week to mow around all the city’s ponds. I guess it helps when the ground is frozen solid.

Normally this time of year, Steve is plowing snow for the city. See this December 2010 video on Northfield Patch that features his work after a 15-inch snowfall.

Steve Malecha, Northfield Public Works Operator

Northfield Patch also has a photo of Steve with his VFW buddies in story titled Northfield VFW Donates U.S. Flags to City:

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The storm water pond in Hidden Valley Park does its job

storm water pond in Hidden Valley Park A full storm water pond in Hidden Valley Park, June 2012
Normally, the storm water pond in Hidden Valley Park looks like the photo on the left. Last night, after 6 inches of rain, it was full and slightly overflowing in spots, much higher than the previous high mark since we’ve lived here

Here are a few more photos:

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See the City of Northfield storm water pond page for details about how the ponds are managed.

Another City public meeting/open house, why you should care, and a rant

If you’re concerned about the Cannon River watershed, Spring and Heath Creeks, the health of the Jordan aquifer, and the quality of your drinking water, then you should care about what’s happening with the Surface Water Management Ordinance updates, which will be presented in their draft form this coming Wednesday, June, 9, from 6:30-8:00p in the Community Resource Bank Conference Room. Details after the jump.

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(slideshow courtesy of the Minnesota DNR)
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