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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 lweston@ci.faribault.mn.us.

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 mking@ci.faribault.mn.us or (507) 333-0369; or for additional information on Clean Water Grant projects, please feel free to contact Steven Pahs at steven.pahs@mn.nacdnet.net or (507) 332-5408.


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Are you considering flying a drone?  "Know Before You Fly" is an educational campaign that provides prospective users with the information and guidance needed to fly safely and responsibly. Make sure you know the regulations and fly safely.  For more information click here

 

 

CREAT

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.