Fall 2019 EMWREP education updates

Scroll down for information on current education programs and upcoming workshops.

Conservation workshops for rural landowners —— Chloride trainings —— Fall events —— One watershed, One plan —— Master Water Stewards —— MS4 Toolkit —— 2019 Stats


Conservation workshops for rural landowners

Oct. 10, 5-6:30pm, Oakdale. Oriental bittersweet

Oct. 22, 6-8pm, Scandia. Perennial Crops, Conservation Grazing and Conservation Planning

Nov. 4, 6-8pm, Stillwater. Large acreage restoration

Nov. 13, 2:30-4:30pm, Stillwater. Estate planning

“one watershed, one Plan”

TOP 5 conservation practices local farmers are interested in (based on 367 survey responses):

  • Improving soil health (223)     

  • Installing physical projects such as grassed waterways, windbreaks, sediment basins (162)

  • Planting cover crops for the winter (149)

  • Converting less productive land to natural areas - woods, wetlands or prairie (146)

  • Repairing gullies or ravines (143)

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SMART Salting

Thu., Sept. 26, 9am-1pm: Smart Salting for Property Managers at St. Anthony Village City Hall

Thu., Oct. 10, 9am-1pm: Smart Salting for Property Managers at Cottage Grove City Hall

Monday, Oct. 14, 9am-2pm Smart Salting for Parking lots and Sidewalks at Cottage Grove City Hall

Tue., Oct. 24: 19th Annual Road Salt Symposium in Vadnais Heights

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Master Water Stewards

We have 12 people enrolled for Master Water Stewards this fall. The stewards will learn through a mix of online coursework and two in-person classes:

  • Mon., Sept. 16, 5:30-8:30pm; and

  • Sat., Oct. 5, 9am-3pm

More info at https://masterwaterstewards.org.

MS4 Toolkit

The MS4 Toolkit is now online at the MPCA Stormwater Wiki. New materials will be coming soon, including videos on:

  • Preventing stormwater pollution

  • Lawn Care

  • Planting for Clean Water

  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination


Upcoming events

·         Sept. 21-27 in Forest Lake: Comfort Lake – Forest Lake Watershed District tour and 20th Anniversary activities

·         Sept 24, 6:30-7:30pm in Scandia: Bone Lake Lake Association Meeting

·         Sept. 25, 9am-5pm at State Fairgrounds: Children’s Water Festival

·         Sept. 26, 7-8pm in Bayport: Presentation at Master Gardener monthly meeting

·         Oct. 11, 12, and 13 in Afton: Afton Alps Fall into Winter Fair

·         Oct. 12, 8-10am in Cottage Grove: Groundwater program at Park Grove Library

·         Oct. 15, 7-8:30pm in Stillwater: Presentation at Wild Ones monthly meeting

·         Oct. 19, 10am-1pm in Woodbury: Groundwater program at R.H. Stafford Library

·         Oct. 22, 8am-4:30pm at Warner Nature Center: Presentation at St. Croix Research Rendezvous

·         Oct. 23, 7:30-8am at Oakdale: Illicit discharge presentation

·         Nov. 1, 6-8pm in Marine on St. Croix: Master Water Stewards and St. Croix Watershed Stewards gathering

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