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Simple Steps to Cleaner Water

We often hear about river and lake pollution problems like algae blooms and fish kills. But did you know that there are simple things you can do to clean up the water in your neighborhood and community? Join Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s (CRWP’s) Kristi Pursell to learn “Simple Steps to Clean Water” and what you can do right now.

Want to learn even more? Pursell will also introduce you to the Freshwater Society’s Master Water Stewards program.

This Education Session will take place from 5:30-6:30pm on Tuesday, September 26th at the Park & Recreation Community Center in Faribault (next to the library).

Cannon River Watershed Partnership is managing the Master Water Stewards program in our area, with support from the City of Faribault, and is looking for applicants for the 2017-2018 year. Contact for more information about up-coming opportunities and the Freshwater Society’s website for more general program information.

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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 or (507) 333-0369; or for additional information on Clean Water Grant projects, please feel free to contact Steven Pahs at or (507) 332-5408.

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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.