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Monday, July 15th, 2024

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Monday, July 15th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Ann Wessel

Redwood River project in southwestern Minnesota saves soil, strengthens flood control

Situated on either side of the Redwood River just 3 miles upstream from Lake Redwood, an earthen dam and a series of seven terraces will strengthen a network of flood- and erosion-control measures intended to combat altered hydrology within the Minnesota River basin.

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Minnesota’s popular Fish Lake near Maple Grove poised to drop ‘impaired’ status

Minnesota’s Fish Lake, a 232-acre lake bordered by a regional park with a swimming beach and public water access, achieved the phosphorus reductions necessary to be considered for delisting in 2017, after the first dose of a two-part alum treatment.
Alum treatments are applied in two half-doses to avoid a significant drop in pH, which could harm fish and invertebrates. Half-dose treatments also improve the efficiency of alum to bind to the phosphorus, locking it up within the upper layer of sediment.

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Return of fish species signal potential for delisting Sand Hill River stretch in northwestern Minnesota

The return of redhorse species of fish to a stretch of the Sand Hill River in Polk County reflects improving trends that could lead to removal from the state’s impaired waters list as early as 2026.
“Overall, things are looking much improved in terms of fish passage,” Murphy Steininger, who led the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency monitoring crew and reviewed the results, said in November. “We’ve definitely documented some improvements.”

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Conservation projects to benefit East Branch Chippewa River in west-central Minnesota

Cooperation between neighbors and collaboration between neighboring soil and water conservation districts have resulted in more effective erosion control within the East Branch Chippewa River watershed in Pope and Swift counties. Water-quality benefits extend to the Minnesota River.

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Cover crop trials in Minnesota’s Faribault County spark permanent conversion

In Faribault County, 13 farmers have incorporated 800 acres of cover crops into their corn-and-soy-bean operations for the first time with an incentive from a demonstration grant and technical support from soil and water conservation district staff.
A $55-an-acre payment – available through a cover crop demonstration grant the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources awarded to the Faribault County Soil and Water Conservation District – offset the risk of trying something new.

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First 7 miles of Minnesota’s Whiskey Creek restoration show effectiveness

Work is slated to begin this spring on the third phase of a $7 million Whiskey Creek restoration designed to improve water quality, water quantity and wildlife habitat in and along the 20-mile-long Red River tributary and two ditches that outlet into the creek and add 9 miles to the project.
Related upland practices bring the total cost to $9.9 million. The project fixes decades-old erosion and flooding problems stemming from sediment buildup.

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In Minnesota’s Big Stone County: Erosion fixes augment Marsh Lake water-quality efforts

The Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District’s Clean Water Fund-backed work with farmers to curb field erosion will save topsoil while it reduces sediment and phosphorus loading to Five Mile Creek, which feeds Marsh Lake and the Minnesota River in far-western Minnesota.

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In Minnesota’s Meeker County, outreach is boosting CREP signups

Litchfield, Minn. — When Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program outreach and implementation grants from the state Board of Water and Soil Resources were made available to the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District’s, Josh Pommier saw an opportunity.

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