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Fossum gets BWSR award for watershed leadership

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Alexandria, Minn. — Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Executive Director John Jaschke presented the 2022 Outstanding Watershed District Employee award to Capitol Region Watershed District Monitoring and Research Division Manager Bob Fossum on Dec. 2 during the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts annual conference in Alexandria.

“Minnesota is fortunate to have dedicated, passionate professionals like Bob Fossum working to improve water quality throughout the state,” Jaschke said. “His commitment to water management is worth recognizing, and we appreciate all he does to protect natural resources in the CRWD.”

Fossum manages a team of employees who oversee 85 unique monitoring stations that track water quality and quantify pollutants in the district’s lakes, stormwater ponds, and wetlands. He led an effort in 2019 to develop a Como Lake Management Plan, which aims to reduce phosphorus, improve water quality, and support ecological health in Como Lake. He has overseen key district projects such as an alum treatment at Como Lake, which reduced the annual concentration of total phosphorus by 62%.

One of Fossum’s most note worthy accomplishments is the landmark re-establishment of the Hidden Falls Creek and central water feature at the former Ford site now known as Highland Bridge in St. Paul.

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