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Recent Immigrants Become Water Stewards
Adult students learning English at Harmony Learning Center in Maplewood, MN are becoming water stewards as they learn idioms and conjugate verbs.
These dozen students, who come from countries known more for their tropical plants and deserts, say the concept of watersheds is new. "Before, we didn't think about how clean water is, where it's coming from, who takes care of it," says Veronica, one of the new water stewards from Mexico.
This fall, they prepared for a field trip to the Kohlman Lake/Creek watershed in North St. Paul and Maplewood by poring over a list of vocabulary words: "restoration, sediment, erosion, cistern, phosphorous" - scarcely the stuff of beginning English.
Armed with clipboards, watershed maps, and scavenger hunt vocabulary lists, the students from Myanmar, Laos, Bangladesh, Iraq, Mexico, Somalia, and Cameroon head out to learn "how to stop water where it drops," becoming water stewards as they gain fluency with the language, says watershed education specialist Sage Passi. Read full article here.
Save Money with Proper Salt Application
Snow and ice are a fact of winter. Most of us shovel and use salt to keep surfaces ice-free. Salt is a great tool for safety, but over applying it harms our waters. Once chloride gets in our water, it cannot be removed.
Please do your part to put our rivers and groundwater on a low-salt diet. Applying the right amount of salt, at the right time, can help reduce the amount you use to keep surfaces ice-free AND save money! For money-saving salt application tips, check out this flyer!
Interested in learning more? Contact Leah Weston, MN GreenCorps member, at .
Rice SWCD in Partnership with City of Faribault Awarded Clean Water Funds for Spring Park Subwatershed Analysis
Rice SWCD in partnership with the City of Faribault has been awarded Clean Water Legacy grant funds from the State of Minnesota. These grant funds will be utilized for a project known as the Spring Park Subwatershed Analysis.
The Spring Park watershed is over 225 acres. Most of the watershed is fully developed into a variety of residential, commercial, and institutional land uses. Project funds will be utilized to conduct a watershed analysis with the goal of identifying pollutant load sources and potential areas for structural stormwater BMPs for future retro-fit projects to reduce instances of localized flooding, reduce peak storm flows, and improve the ecological health and quality of stormwater runoff discharging into Crocker’s Creek.
By being a recipient of these highly competitive Clean Water grant funds, Rice SWCD and the City of Faribault in partnership will be able to incorporate the assessment of this subwatershed into future strategic long range planning efforts, allowing decision makers the ability to make informed decisions that help protect resources of high value, and work to make meaningful improvements in water quality.
For additional information on specifics of the Spring Park Subwatershed Project, please feel free to contact Melissa King with the City of Faribault at firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 333-0369; or for additional information on Clean Water Grant projects, please feel free to contact Steven Pahs at email@example.com or (507) 332-5408.
Public Works Director, Travis Block, recently completed a project with the EPA utilizing the Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT). CREAT is a software tool to assist drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and in assessing the related risks to individual utilities. Check out the video on the link below.