District news

Future costs of dredge placement considered

The District has commissioned the Burns McDonnell engineering firm to report on possible future costs of operating and maintaining its Savage dredge placement site.

Cost-share incentive program to award $20,000 to private or public water projects

This year, once more, the District is making available cost-sharing awards — to institutions and individuals — "to provide educational, technical and financial assistance to landowners (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.); to implement projects that have water quality, water quantity, channel maintenance, trout stream, fen or wetland restoration, or aquatic habitat benefit within the District" (water management plan).

To learn more about the program, see the documents below. You can also call District Administrator Linda Loomis at 763-545-4659, or email her at naiadconsulting@gmail.com.

  1. Description of program
  2. Application form

No wake laws help protect our lakes

In Carver County and metrowide, new no-wake laws require boats to slow way down. However aggravating to boaters, these laws help protect and preserve our irreplaceable lakes. Read the article for more information.

District helps fund Bloomington bioswale and raingardens

bioswale In partnership with the city of Bloomington and Metro Blooms, the District this year helped fund Green Streets for Blue Waters, a project to help mitigate stormwater runoff into the Minnesota River. The project designed and funded a multi-acre bioswale between residences and a church, as well as 18 curb-cut raingardens. As a result of these efforts, stormwater runoff is being treated and infiltrated, and solids and phosphorus removed. Click on image above to go to full article at Metro Blooms.

Winnebago to reduce pollutants entering Blue Earth River

The University of Minnesota Extension Service explains how the town of Winnebago plans to reduce pollutants on the Blue Earth River, a tributary of the Minnesota River. With a loan from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and other funds, the town will upgrade infrastructure and reduce water volume and pollution entering the river beginning next year.

Western Minnesota's Renville County poses challenge to Minnesota River

A couple of hours west of the Twin Cities, on US 212, Renville County is one of the state's most intensive agriculture areas. It's also intensively farmed, or "agged," as conservationist Tom Kalahar attests. Read here about the results — which are not necessarily good medicine for the Minnesota River.

DNR purchases Seminary Fen

After year-long negotations with landowners, the state DNR bought a good chunk of the rare calcareous Seminary Fen, near Chaska. MnDOT's recommendation to build a river crossing west of the spot also seems a bright spot in preserving the fen.

Fishing shows Minnesota River is recovering

Just how much has the river recovered in the past 30 years? Quite a way, according to experts and amateurs alike, including those who regularly fish the river (one of the best kept secrets in the region). And yet we still have a way to go.