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August 17, 2021
Great news! 90% of Minnesota Lakes are still free of invasive species, so let’s keep it that way. This means, after a day of fishing, please don’t dump your leftover bait into the water before heading home. While dumping bait may seem harmless—maybe even helpful—it could potentially devastate a lake by introducing an invasive species.
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August 8, 2021
The city of Blaine is home to a unique, man-made body of water: Sunrise Lake. Dug nearly 20 years ago, Sunrise Lake won’t appear on most lists of Minnesota lakes, nor is it managed by the DNR. However, when it comes to pollution, it faces many of the same challenges as other lakes around the state. Learning about those challenges offers lessons for anyone who cares about protecting water quality.
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July 19, 2021
Did you know that when it rains, it pollutes? That’s because water that runs off hard surfaces—such as streets, parking lots, roofs or driveways—is carried by storm sewer pipes to nearby lakes, creeks, or wetlands. But three neighbors in Golden Valley are helping minimize this pollution as well as help solve decades-long drainage problems by building a rain garden.
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July 13, 2021
The summer of 2021 is off to a scorching start with record high temperatures and drought affecting most of Minnesota. As the temperatures soar, many have sought relief from the heat at their favorite swimming spots. In the land of 10,000 lakes, one question might be on the mind of swimmers: how do I know I’ve picked a safe place to swim? With a little bit of research, you can plan your next beach outing with confidence that you’re heading to a healthy lake or stream.
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June 15, 2021
‚ÄčNO ONE CAN DO EVERYTHING. BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING TO REDUCE CLIMATE IMPACTS The Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission was formed in the late 1960s when nine cities in the watershed came together to work on flooding problems. In fact, the commission was originally named the Bassett Creek Flood Control Commission. Despite the award-winning engineering work and collaborative efforts, flooding remains a concern today. And since Minnesota’s climate is becoming warmer and wetter, flooding will likely remain an issue well into the future. This article is the first in a series about the connections between a wetter climate, our water resources, and how you can help.
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May 4, 2021
The Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission realizes that our actions on land—even in our yards—are connected to the health of our waters. How do you score on this short quiz?
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April 13, 2021
Presley Martin brings an artist’s perspective to cleaning up the river. He scours the riverbank near his Minneapolis home for discarded bits of styrofoam and plastic and then arranges the items he finds for photographs or reassembles them into found-object sculptures. For one of his recent projects, Floating Meditations, Presley spent 30 minutes on a dock, grabbing all the plastic that floated by within arm’s reach, and then he photographed the items. The resulting images represent a tiny sample of the vast quantity of plastic polluting the river.
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March 24, 2021
Are you itching to get out to spruce up your gardens? After this unprecedented pandemic winter, it’s only natural to want to get a jump start on spring and gardening. But before you grab your tools…
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February 16, 2021
Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams provide year-round recreation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Many Minnesotans connect with nature through fishing, and anglers play an important role in the fight to protect wildlife habitat. The nonprofit organization Minnesota Trout Unlimited provides anglers with a unique perspective on the link between water quality and fish populations.
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February 16, 2021
After repeatedly hearing about the dangers and environmental costs of using excess salt and deicers on streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways, people are looking for safer alternatives. It’s natural to seek an easy, alternative product that does the same thing as salt but that is also safe for pets, water, soil, and vegetation. But here’s the unpleasant truth that exposes this trick question: there is no deicer that is proven to be “safe” for our pets. The silver bullet is excellent “mechanical control,” generally referred to by us common folk as “shoveling.” Plain and Simple.
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