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Fifty years ago a new era of water protection began in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed (July 3, 2017)
This is the fourth in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed.  In the 1950’s, Minnesota’s urban landscape was changing...

Volunteer profile: Vicki Joy Bonk (June 26, 2017)
City: MinneapolisCommunity Involvement:Beginning in 1995, I have been an active environmental leader in the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA). My main focus, though, has been the Nokomis Naturescape (NN), a 4-acre native plant restoration....

Organic Lawn Care and Maintenance Yields Field of Dreams (June 19, 2017)
Given the verdant carpet of weedless green that envelopes the Tabaka’s house now, it’s hard to believe that three years ago — before their organic lawn care practices began — the backyard “was a disaster,”...

Tourism and agriculture in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed (June 12, 2017)
This is the third in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed. “In the land of the Dacotahs,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his famous epic poem Song of Hiawatha, “Where the...

Rain Barrels Herald Spring (May 23, 2017)
For the Reckingers of Woodbury, rain barrels are a family affair. Parents Jim and Mary are the local boosters, but credit their environmental educator daughter with encouraging them to install the pair that sits on the side of their house, April through September. And...

Planting Native Seeds with a New Generation (May 11, 2017)
Master Gardener May Lee stands about a head taller than the third-graders at Farnsworth Elementary she is teaching to plant native seeds this March morning in east St. Paul. Clearly, she is in her element.Equal parts agronomist and...

Settlement of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed (May 5, 2017)
This is the second in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed. It is no accident that most of the world’s great cities are built around great bodies of water. Whether providing essential services like...

Early History of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed (March 29, 2017)
 Some of the Twin Cities’ most treasured waters - Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Creek and Minnehaha Falls - have been the foundation of life in here for centuries. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed...

Volunteer profile: LouAnn Waddick (March 22, 2017)
City: Edina Community Involvement:Edina Energy & Environment CommissionerEdina stormdrain stenciling programMaster Water StewardsLeague of Women Voters - Panel on Water Why do you think someone should volunteer their time?I believe that is...

Volunteer profile: Joe Knaeble (February 15, 2017)
City: MinneapolisWhy do you volunteer in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District?I think the most important issue of our time is for human beings to become much more responsible members of the earth. Since clean water is a basic necessity for all living...

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