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Saturday Science
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April Mississippi Messages Calendar of Events

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CLEAN WATER RULES! UNDERSTANDING THE EPA'S CLEAN WATER ACT UPDATE
Tuesday, April 7 -- 6:30-8:30 PM
UMN St. Paul Student Center Theater, Falcon Heights

Join Friends of the Mississippi River and Environment Minnesota for a one-time opportunity to hear directly from the leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Administrator will present the keynote address on the EPA's recent work to strengthen our nation's Clean Water Act at our forum Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Seating is limited; reserve your spot today!

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'STATE OF THE RIVER' AT FULTON BREWERY
Saturday, April 11 -- 11 a.m.-noon
North Loop, Minneapolis

Join FMR Watershed Program Director Trevor Russell and Water Quality Coordinator Lark Weller of the National Park Service MNRRA Unit at Fulton Brewery for a brief State of the River overview. From invasive "flying" carp to bacterial contamination, from eagles to swimmability, Trevor and Lark, the report's principal authors, will highlight the most important trends and emerging issues facing the river today as well as potential solutions. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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MIA'S APRIL 16TH THIRD THURSDAY: NATURE OF NATURE
Thursday, April 16 -- 6:00-9:00 pm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Take action and get creative with FMR at Minneapolis Institute of Art's Third Thursday: Nature of Nature on April 16. Enjoy food and drink while advocating for a healthy river and channeling your inner Banksy with a fun stenciling project. Admission is free and open to the public.

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HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 18 -- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region's many bird species. Enjoy classes, talks, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Capacity is limited and RSVPs required. Learn more on the event page.

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SOUTH CREEK, VERMILLION STEWARDS EARTH DAY CLEANUP
Saturday, April 25 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
South Creek, Lakeville

Help clean up South Creek! This creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers will meet at Cross of Christ Community Church. Lots and fields surrounding the church lead right up to South Creek, providing plenty of clean-up options. You can pick up trash from the parking lot and other hard surfaces, venture into the grassy areas leading up to the stream, or put on your waterproof boots to pick up litter in the marshy area next to the creek. Volunteers with waders are also needed to clean up stream-side. A few pairs of waders are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the event page.

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EARTH DAY IN THE CITY: MINNEAPOLIS WATERSHED CLEANUP
Saturday, April 25 -- 9:30 a.m.-noon

Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you -- the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

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MAKE & TAKE RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP
Tuesday, May 5 -- 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wellstone Center, West Side, St. Paul

Using a rain barrel is one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water, save money and help protect our watershed. Join FMR and Coca-Cola at the Wellstone Center to learn about watershed-friendly home and garden practices and build your own ready-to-install rain barrel. The $40 registration fee covers all supplies, including the barrel and conversion kit.

Supplies are limited and early registration is suggested as these workshops have been filling quickly. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT PINE BEND
Wednesday, May 6 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights

In addition to stunning river valley views Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area provides vital habitat for many birds who rely on the Mississippi River flyway. Come join this award-winning regional restoration project. At the end of this two-hour volunteer event, participants will be certified to return to this protected area to complete additional invasive species removal work this spring. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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URBAN BIRD HIKE, BEGINNERS WELCOME!
Saturday, May 9 -- 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Willowbrook Fish Hatchery, East Side St. Paul

Tucked below St. Paul's iconic Indian Mounds Park, Willowbrook Fish Hatchery is a little-known patch of wilderness in the city. Join longtime local bird enthusiast Joshua Davis and FMR staff for a casual bird walk in this floodplain natural area near the Mississippi River. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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VERMILLION RIVER AMA BUCKTHORN HAUL
Saturday, May 9 -- 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Vermillion River Aquatic Management Area, Empire Township, Dakota County

Join us in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River. Volunteers will be helping to remove invasive species in an Aquatic Management Area, a special type of preserve for shoreline property. With creek, lake and river shores being developed throughout the state, the AMA program helps Minnesota preserve public access as well as critical fish and wildlife habitat. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY PARK
Tuesday, May 19 -- 6:00-8:00 pm
Crosby Park, Mississippi River Gorge, St. Paul

Enjoy a spring evening near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers helping to protect a striking array of native spring wildflowers -- Dutchman's breeches, trout lily, and Jack-in-the-pulpit to name a few. Volunteers will be trained to remove the invasive species garlic mustard before taking the "Pledge to Pull" -- pledging to return to the area and independently remove the garlic mustard and protect the native wildflowers at times convenient for them. This opportunity was created for those looking to contribute more than a couple hours, but needing to set their own volunteer schedule. Trained participants may team up with a buddy from the event or return to the area with family and friends to complete pledged hours. Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the pledge kickoff page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY
Mid-April through mid-October
City of St. Paul

If you're looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. It's just one and a half to three hours in length, and can be set at a time and St. Paul location convenient for your group. Reservations are now being taken for outings through October 2014. Learn more on the stenciling event page or go straight to our stenciling, cleanup and presentation request form!

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For current event listings and more information on the events listed above, please visit our events calendar page at www.fmr.org/participate/events.

Saint Paul Natural Resources Spring Newsletter

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10th Annual Blooming Saint Paul Awards Ceremony

2014 was an exciting year for the Blooming Saint Paul Awards! With over 195 nominations and more than 150 attendees, it was the largest award ceremony yet. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the program and tenth year of sponsorship from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. To show our appreciation for their support and all they do to support gardening, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press received an Outstanding Gardening Advocate Award. We would also like to thank our additional sponsors: Capitol Region Watershed District, Kern Landscape Resources, Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply, Union Depot and The Saint Paul Hotel. It is with the help of our generous sponsors that we are able to continue to hold the Blooming Saint Paul Awards Ceremony each year.

Once again, the Ramsey County Master Gardeners served as the judges for the Blooming Saint Paul Awards. Nearly twenty Saint Paul homes, businesses and people received awards for their exemplary work! The Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, January 26th at a new venue, The Redcap Room, located in the Union Depot, and was catered by D'Amico and Sons Catering. We were fortunate to have Don Engebretson, The Renegade Gardener, as our informative and humorous guest speaker, as well as an appearance by Mayor Coleman.

Citywide Spring Cleanup

Join forces with family, friends and neighbors alike to clean up the garbage that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. We invite everyone--families, friends, neighbors to come together to help beautify the city of Saint Paul.

Participating is easy! Register online, and then drop by your selected Cleanup Site any time between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th, to pick up bags, gloves and snacks and meet your neighbors and community members. Then head out and clean up your park or neighborhood of choice. More info at http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=1043.

Register at http://bit.ly/StPaulCleanup2015.

Conservation Corps of Minnesota: Partners in Restoration

Longer days and warmer weather means one thing - field season! With over two thousand acres of wild lands in our park system, Saint Paul Natural Resources highly values partnerships with local environmental organizations to help enhance and maintain wildlife habitat in the city. Conservation Corps Minnesota has been a partner in this effort for over a decade. Conservation Corps, a national non-profit affiliate of AmeriCorps, provides youth and young adults with training and job experiences in natural resources work. On average, the Corps employs eight young adults who mentor sixty-six youth each year in Saint Paul's natural areas. The young adults split their time between specialized fieldwork, such as chainsaw operation and prescribed burning, and leading crews of high school students controlling invasive species and planting native vegetation. Be on the lookout for hardhats in our parks - it just might be the Conservation Corps!

Natural Resources Brings Students Outdoors

Saint Paul Natural Resources is partnering with Wilderness Inquiry and Saint Paul Public Schools to engage students in Saint Paul parks. Natural Resources staff members are providing youth with outdoor recreation and environmental learning opportunities to connect students to nature. The partnership is engaging students at 14 participating Saint Paul schools.

In one program, students at Washington Technology Magnet are exploring urban wildlife ecology, learning mapping skills through geocaching, researching the regional park system, and studying stormwater runoff and water quality to prepare for field trips to Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary. As a part of this program, Natural Resources staff will provide hands-on bicycle safety training so that students can navigate to the Sanctuary by pedal power.

We are thankful to Cargill for funding geocaching equipment and the Capitol Region Watershed District for providing field trip transportation for these programs.

Arbor Month 2015: Celebrating St. Paul's Great American Elms
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Linwood Park, 860 Saint Clair Avenue (east of Rec Center)

Most St. Paul residential streets during the 1960s were lined with large, mature American elms creating a tunnel-like effect over the road. It has been estimated that 80% of the boulevard trees during that time were American elms. They were the perfect tree - strong, fast-growing, and tolerant of drought. That is, until Dutch elm disease (DED) hit, killing tens of thousands of elms during the 1970s. Today, DED continues to kill old, large elms which currently comprise less than 1% of the total boulevard tree population. If losses continue at the average annual rate, there will be approximately 50 left by 2025.

To mark 50 years since DED was first found in the City, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Tree Advisory Panel (TAP) and the University of Minnesota will have a special focus on the history and future of the American elm at this year's annual Arbor Month event.

At the event, arborists will be on hand to answer questions and share useful tree care tips. Exhibitors from local organizations will be offering a variety of tree-related information and disease-tolerant elm trees will be available for free adoption. There will be many other family-friendly activities, including food and music performed by the Midway-Frogtown Arborators.

Pollinator Protection

Saint Paul Natural Resources (SPNR) is acutely concerned about the decline of pollinators, such as bees, worldwide linked to increased uses of insecticides and habitat loss. While this has been an issue for many years, 2014 saw a large uptick in publicity and educational awareness partially led by efforts of the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. As such, SPNR staff members are currently working on a couple of fronts:

1. SPNR is working with City officials to develop a City Council Resolution taking a position in support of practices that help protect pollinators. At this point, a resolution would be focused solely on internal City staff and the fieldwork they do.

2. SPNR is working with the Bee Squad on the possibility of developing a Community Apiary to provide a home for bees and engage the public on pollinator issues.

Stay tuned for more buzz on SPNR's pollinator projects.

April Project GO Newsletter

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April is a great month to open up the house and get outside. The name originally came from a Roman word, Aprilis, meaning 'to open'. In the month of April, small animals come out of hiding and birds migrate northward, and bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar. Did you know, April is planting time but in other parts of the world, it's the harvest season? April is also known for people going on huge spring cleaning sprees indoors and outdoors. Rain and mud are also in huge supply during April, so don't forget the rain boots!

See the entire newsletter here.

Happy Spring!

Spring has sprung - and here at the Audubon Center of the North Woods we are very happy that it looks like we will actually have a spring this year (so far anyway:)!

April SEEK Bulletin

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How Will You Celebrate National Environmental Education Week?

Spring is full of environmental celebration days that are often accompanied with free education resources and ideas to incorporate into your classroom and education programs. National Environmental Education Week is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education and will be celebrated April 19-25, 2015. Find resources to help you celebrate EE Week in this issue and on SEEK.

Don't forget to check out SEEK's Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer pages. Many organizations are hiring their seasonal staff at this time.

In this issue:

Como Zoo & Conservatory
Professional Development
EE News
General Resources
Funding Resources

April Maplewood Parks & Rec Newsletter

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Nature's Notebook

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Did you know you have a very important plant in your yard? Your observations on cloned dogwood (Cornus florida 'Appalachian Spring') and native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) contribute to a long term project seeking to understand the impact of local environmental conditions on plants across the country.

As part of the Dogwood Genome Project, researchers at universities in the southeastern US will use yourobservations to identify variation in the phenology of flowering dogwood varieties, and investigate the genes that may be influencing the timing of leaf-out, flowering, and leaf-fall.

Have you seen breaking leaf buds or flower buds on your cloned dogwoods yet this year? Check out the map below to see which locations have reported breaking leaf buds this year for cloned and flowering dogwood.

Observers in the south are already reporting seeing breaking leaf buds, while most observers in northern states are still waiting for leaf buds to appear. This year, we even have observers on the west coast reporting on dogwoods!

Your next steps....
1. If you have not already done so, set up a site and add your plants to it in Nature's Notebook. Visit our website for further details on observing phenology using Nature's Notebook. Now is a great time to make sure you have registered the correct dogwood varietal. If you have registered your plant incorrectly, email support@usanpn.org.

2. Start checking your dogwood (at least weekly) for breaking leaf buds and flower buds. Remember, logging "no" observations are just as important as "yes" observations - the "no's" help data analysts to pinpoint when an event actually started.

Leaf buds and flower buds can be tricky to identify. If you think you have misidentified a flower or leaf bud, you can correct your submitted observations. Learn more here. Also, remember that the "flowers" you are looking for are actually the small yellow/green flowers inside the large white bracts.

3. Report your observations. Periodically log into your Nature's Notebook account and transfer your observations from your paper data sheet into the online reporting system. Alternatively, you can enter your observations directly using our Android or iPhone smartphone and tablet apps.

You can expect to hear from us every few weeks, as we enter the spring season. Now it really starts to get exciting!

Thank you for continuing this important legacy!

Spring SNA Nature Notes

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Restoring the Character of Swedes Forest SNA
By Brad Bolduan, SNA Program Management Specialist

Over the past 100 years trees and shrubs have become more abundant in prairies of the Minnesota River valley. The two dominant species invading many areas are Eastern red cedar and non-native common buckthorn. Swedes Forest SNA has experienced vast expansion of both these species, and is one location where the SNA Program is working to reverse that trend. Swedes Forest SNA is a rocky 207 acre site about 15 miles southwest of Granite Falls that is home to an uncommon lizard called the common five-lined skink, and to several rare plants.

Native plant species adapted to prairie, rock outcrop, and savanna environments have been slowly dying out as the shade from woody invaders has increased. Open habitats needed by reptiles, butterflies, and other animals have slowly disappeared as well. Study of the common five-lined skink will begin this year to monitor population trends. The goal is restoration to a condition that more closely matches pre-European settlement as inferred from historic aerial photos. Accelerated cutting has begun at SNAs in the area, including the progress at Swedes Forest as follows:

In 2011 -2012 buckthorn was removed from the understory on about 60 acres in the northwest portion of the SNA.

In 2012-2013 work continued on buckthorn control, and removal of the red cedar canopy began with the clearing of 12 acres on the west side of the SNA. Photo above shows cutting and adjacent photo shows vegetation beginning to recover in this area.
In 2013-2014 efforts included clearing buckthorn and small red cedar from 18 acres of rock outcrop at the south end of the SNA.

In 2014-2015 about 8 acres of large red cedar were removed adjacent to the 2013-2014 effort.

Plans are being implemented for further removal of 60-80 acres of red cedar over the next two years.

The work has just begun with the initial removal. Buckthorn stump sprouts and new seedlings can grow vigorously and will take continued control measures. Areas that were dense with red cedar and buckthorn may come back with burdock and thistle. By using prescribed burns, as well as chemical and mechanical controls, the non-native thistles and buckthorn can be kept in check. These newly opened areas will recover at their own pace while staff continues to push back the cedar and buckthorn from other parts of the SNA. Seeding with native prairie grasses and wildflowers will be required in the most significantly impacted areas.

Efforts of this scale would not be possible without funding provided from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Outdoor Heritage Fund.


Special Event Goes On

Despite a warm week having made plans difficult to confirm until the last minute, a special event at Burntside Islands SNA went off without a hitch this past weekend (March 14th). The day dawned cloudy and cool, but still above average for this time of year. A planned snowshoe hike out to the islands was scuttled, but walking on the slushy, snow-covered ice worked out. The group was led by the Ely Field Naturalists who provided details about the area geology and hydrology as well as area plants and animals. A highlight after the hike was a tour of Listening Point, the private retreat of beloved local author Sigurd Olson, now run by the Listening Point Foundation.

The event was hosted by the Trust for Public Land, DNR SNA Program, Listening Point Foundation, Ely Field Naturalists, and the Burntside Lake Association to spotlight the addition of Gaul (Hayes) Islands to the SNA. The Trust for Public Land played a key role in the recent acquisition. In December of 2014 the 4.5 acre Gusty Island was sold to The Trust for the possible future addition to the SNA.


SNA Events

Time to get out and soak up all the sights and sounds spring has to offer. Enjoy some hands on activities, or just revel in the beauty of the first of the spring wildflowers on an enjoyable hike. A full list is available on the SNA Events Calendar.

04/25/15
Lost Valley Prairie SNA
Volunteer Project: Clear Brush

05/16/15
Wolsfeld Woods SNA
Spring Wildflower Walk

06/06/15
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA
Site Tour and Volunteer Project to Remove Trash


Site Highlight: Badoura Jack Pine Woodland SNA

We are excited to officially welcome the newest addition to the list of Minnesota's Scientific and Natural Areas! Designated in early November, Badoura Jack Pine Woodland SNA is located in the southeastern corner of Hubbard County. This site is host to one of the largest remaining stands of mature jack pine woodlands in Minnesota.

The rapid disappearance of jack pine woodlands since the early 2000s, especially larger tracts, has been a growing concern and prompted the preservation of this site. The SNA was not entirely spared from clear cutting as roughly half the acreage of the 887 acre site was harvested prior to SNA designation. Despite this, what is left is in excellent condition and large enough to sustain itself into the future. Especially encouraging is the intact ground layer of native wildflowers and grasses which have responded favorably, and even thrive in the cut-over areas. Jack pine seedlings have already begun to grow in these openings and over the long-term jack pine woodland should regenerate throughout the site.

Future management strategies for the Badoura Jack Pine Woodland will likely include the re-introduction of fire to the jack pine stands. Surveys for reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds would be useful as well. A reptile survey would be particularly important to determine if Blanding's turtles, a rare species, are present, since the new SNA seems to have habitat to support them.


Notes from Site Stewards

Site stewards continue to monitor SNAs across Minnesota. Their observations provide invaluable information to the SNA Program. Here are some interesting notes from reports:

New Year's Day 2015 rang in quietly at Chamberlain Woods SNA when site steward Todd Nelson did a complete tour of the site. The only thing out of place that Todd had to take care of was a little trash in the parking lot.

Snowshoes were the transportation of choice for observations in December and January by the Gitar family of site stewards (Richard, wife Lori, daughter Cheryl and son Cory) at Hovland Woods SNA. On their January 25th visit Richard and Cheryl trekked into this large site via the Superior Hiking Trail, which skirts the southeastern boundary of the site. The tracks they made were the only ones they observed.

In order to learn more about the plant life of Uncas Dunes SNA site steward Brett Whaley called upon a knowledgeable friend to join him on a winter field visit on January 25th. They found a few interesting species such bearberry and beach-heather. Brett is also a talented photographer; see the bur oak photo above that he took at Uncas Dunes.
Thanks for all the work you do for SNAs stewards!

Mar Friends of the Mississippi River Updates

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FMR'S SPRING 2015 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE GUIDE

Spring fever has struck again! Join us to clean our parks and creeks, restore local habitat for our waters and wildlife, or turn your yard or home into a force for clean water. From workshops to hands-on outings, FMR is honored to help you help the river. Bring on the season!

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GOVERNOR UNVEILS BUFFER PROPOSAL

In what is one of the most important water quality initiatives in decades, the Dayton Administration recently unveiled its detailed stream buffer proposal.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: FEW REASONS TO SMILE AMID A DELUGE OF DIRTY WATER BILLS

The 2015 legislative session in Minnesota is shaping up to feature a mixed bag of water quality and natural resource conservation policy. While the Governor's buffer initiative and Forever Green funding are cause for optimism, a deluge of so-called "dirty water bills" has become an unwelcome theme in the halls of the Capitol.

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GRACO RENEGES ON ITS PROMISE TO PROVIDE A RIVERFRONT TRAIL EASEMENT

Graco, the Northeast Minneapolis company whose headquarters occupy the riverfront adjacent to the new Scherer Park, have disappointed many with their recent attempt to back out of an agreement to provide a public trail easement.

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ST. PAUL CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER WSF MASTER PLAN

Thanks to the many St. Paul residents who have spoken up and defended the iconic views of the St. Paul River Valley for generations. Throughout 2014, many West Side Flats community members worked hard to ensure the West Side Flats Master Plan Update included building heights that would not diminish the power of the valley by blocking natural land features and minimizing a viewer's sense of place. Now is the time to defend this great plan. Join us in testifying in favor of the plan and proposed building heights. The hearing will likely be held on April 15 or May 6, 5:30pm at Council Chambers, 300 City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd., West. Please confirm the final date by checking the City Council Agenda or visiting us on Facebook at facebook.com/friendsmissriv.

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"POOR RELATIVE" PARK GETS MUCH-NEEDED ATTENTION

While other Washington County parks have taken center stage for funding and numbers of visitors, the beautiful Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park has long been left out of the dance. Things are changing now as the county focuses new funding and resources on the park. FMR has helped get the ball rolling with a plan for the park, volunteer events and restoration projects.

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Mississippi River News
SITE NEAR LILYDALE LANDSLIDE TO REOPEN

After being closed to park visitors for nearly two years, a portion of Lilydale Regional Park, where a landslide tragically took the lives of two children on a school field trip, will reopen this summer.

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PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT OF NYE'S BAR SITE DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH PRESERVATIONISTS

Most folks agree that it will be a sad day when the iconic Nye's Polonaise Room closes its doors for good later this year. A proposal to redevelop the site with a 30-story residential tower, however, is the subject of an intense community debate. Although the proposal would maintain two of the historic structures, Preserve Minneapolis released a strong statement opposing the project because it fails to meet the city's Saint Anthony Falls Historic District guidelines. Transit and community development advocates support the project citing the need to encourage density close to downtown. The city's Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of reviewing the project and listening to the debate before they weigh-in later this spring.

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NEW HOTEL AND APARTMENTS PLANNED FOR SAINT PAUL RIVER BLUFF

As reported in the Pioneer Press, the former downtown St. Paul post office, an art deco landmark on the city's riverfront since 1934, will be converted to a new Hyatt Hotel and luxury apartments when redevelopment is finished in 2016.

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EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE COMPANY STEAMING FOR SAINT PAUL

Viking River Cruises, a European cruise company, announced recently that they will launch tours of North America's greatest river beginning in 2017. The company expects to offer 60 stops in St. Paul each year.

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Calendar of Events
CLEAN WATER RULES! UNDERSTANDING THE EPA'S CLEAN WATER ACT UPDATE

Wednesday, April 8 -- 6:30-8:30 PM
UMN St. Paul Student Center Theater, Falcon Heights


FMR and Environment MN are hosting a forum on Wednesday, April 8, on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent work to strengthen our nation's Clean Water Act. Please join us to hear directly from EPA Clean Water Rule expert, John Rumpler.

Mr. Rumpler is the Senior Environmental Attorney for Environment America in Boston. A panel discussion will follow his talk and include representatives from the hunting & fishing, agriculture, and water quality communities as well as a representative from the state of Minnesota.

Reserve your spot today! All are welcome. Join us for snacks and mingling at 6:30 and a presentation and panel from 7-8:30pm.

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HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 18 -- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region's many bird species. Enjoy classes, talks, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Capacity is limited and RSVPs required. Learn more on the event page.

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SOUTH CREEK, VERMILLION STEWARDS EARTH DAY CLEANUP

Saturday, April 25 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
South Creek, Lakeville

Help clean up South Creek! This creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers will meet at Cross of Christ Community Church. Lots and fields surrounding the church lead right up to South Creek, providing plenty of clean-up options. You can pick up trash from the parking lot and other hard surfaces, venture into the grassy areas leading up to the stream, or put on your waterproof boots to pick up litter in the marshy area next to the creek. Volunteers with waders are also needed to clean up stream-side. A few pairs of waders are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the event page.

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EARTH DAY IN THE CITY: MINNEAPOLIS WATERSHED CLEANUP

Saturday, April 25 -- 9:30 a.m.-noon
Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you -- the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

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MAKE & TAKE RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

Tuesday, May 5 -- 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wellstone Center, West Side, St. Paul

Using a rain barrel is one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water, save money and help protect our watershed. Join FMR and Coca-Cola at the Wellstone Center to learn about watershed-friendly home and garden practices and build your own ready-to-install rain barrel. The $40 registration fee covers all supplies, including the barrel and conversion kit.

Supplies are limited and early registration is suggested as these workshops have been filling quickly. Learn more and sign up via the event page .

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GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT PINE BEND

Wednesday, May 6 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights

In addition to stunning river valley views Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area provides vital habitat for many birds who rely on the Mississippi River flyway. Come join this award-winning regional restoration project. At the end of this two-hour volunteer event, participants will be certified to return to this protected area to complete additional invasive species removal work this spring. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY PARK

Tuesday, May 19 -- 6:00-8:00 pm
Crosby Park, Mississippi River Gorge, St. Paul

Enjoy a spring evening near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers helping to protect a striking array of native spring wildflowers -- Dutchman's breeches, trout lily, and Jack-in-the-pulpit to name a few. Volunteers will be trained to remove the invasive species garlic mustard before taking the "Pledge to Pull" -- pledging to return to the area and independently remove the garlic mustard and protect the native wildflowers at times convenient for them. This opportunity was created for those looking to contribute more than a couple hours, but needing to set their own volunteer schedule. Trained participants may team up with a buddy from the event or return to the area with family and friends to complete pledged hours. Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the pledge kickoff page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY

Mid-April through mid-October
City of St. Paul

If you're looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. It's just one and a half to three hours in length, and can be set at a time and St. Paul location convenient for your group. Reservations are now being taken for outings through October 2014. Learn more on the stenciling event page or go straight to our stenciling, cleanup and presentation request form!

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Phenology
MARCH: THE RETURN OF THE ANCIENTS

Around since the Eocene, the sandhill crane is an ancient species that migrates to and through Minnesota in the spring to continue its primeval walk of life that perpetuates the species.

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Resource of the Month
THE EAGLES HAVE HATCHED

If you are trapped inside as the weather gets nicer this month, we recommend spending a few minutes watching the DNR's Eagle Cam to brighten your spirits! Watch baby eagles grow up right in front of your eyes.

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Supporting FMR
THE BIG RIVER THANKS OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY

FMR would like to gratefully acknowledge the following businesses for their noteworthy support of our work:

Split Rock Coffee Company for generously renewing their business membership at the River Protector Level in support of FMR's 'Above the Falls' program in North and Northeast Minneapolis.

Izzy's Ice Cream for thoughtfully donating a portion of proceeds to FMR from their 2nd annual 13 Days of Giving event in February.

The eco-friendly local business, loop holes, for donating 10% of every purchase to support FMR's mission to protect and restore the river.

For information on FMR's Business Memberships, please contact John Briel, Development Associate, at jbriel@fmr.org.


2015 3M ENVIRONMENTAL MATCH

Are you a 3M employee or retiree? Do you love the river?

Don't miss out on having your gift or membership to FMR matched 1:1 by the 3M Foundation.

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Quote of the Month

"Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!"

- Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

Join or continue a Nature's Notebook Campaign in 2015

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It may still feel like winter at your home, but it's not too early to begin thinking about spring! Consider joining us in tracking one or more of our target species through a Nature's Notebook campaign. If you joined one of these last year, we'd love to have you stick with us!

We have 4 different campaigns to offer you this spring: you can watch for leaf out of maples, oaks and poplars, report on flowering of lilacs or dogwoods, or track leaf phenology of poplars. Learn more below.

If you intend to collect data for one or more of these campaigns, be sure to sign up to receive the campaigns messages we send out periodically. You will receive messages providing early results, encouragement, observation tips, interesting links, and campaign-specific opportunities. To sign up for campaign messages, click the "Sign me up!" links below.

Please note: If you participated in one or more of these campaigns last year, we have kept you on the list, so no need to sign up again this year.

Catch the Greenwave this Spring
Help scientists and natural resources managers track the "green wave" - the flush of green that accompanies leaf-out - over the course of the spring season, and the spread of seasonal color across the country in the autumn.
Sign me up!

Become a Lilac Flower Follower
Your observations of common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States.

Sign me up!


Become a Dogwood Flower Follower
Your observations of native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States.

Sign me up!

Track the Timing of Trees with PopClock
Researchers at the University of Maryland are working to identify genes that could ensure tree survival as the climate changes. You can assist by collecting observations of leaf phenology for balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera) and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).

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Learn more about the specifics of registering and observing your plants at www.usanpn.org/nn/guidelines.

Winter Prairie Wetlands Learning Center News

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Contents:
1. PWLC News
2. PWLC Events
3. Other Resources
4. Housekeeping


1. PWLC News

Winter on the Prairie
So much for winter! It's almost spring! Last winter was so cold, snowy, and long. This winter has been fairly cold, but not snowy or long. Maybe this means we'll have an early and long spring! We have noticed snow buntings and horned larks for weeks, have our first pairs of Canada geese on the ponds, and even have seen a few red-winged blackbirds. How is winter winding down in your school yard, backyard, refuge, or park?

Burr! in the Burrow
Over 1,350 preschool-5th graders from Alexandria, Ashby, Campbell-Tintah, Fergus Falls, and Underwood have crawled through this year's burrow in the barn and explored winter wildlife on the prairie (indoors or out). This year's burrow theme was animals that lay eggs underground and highlighted snakes, bumblebees, beetles, spiders, and turtles. Thank you to all the teachers and students who braved the cold to come out the PWLC! Special thanks to the Jr. Friends of the PWLC for spending their free time at the PWLC to help create and take down the burrow!

Yellow Bus Fund
At the PWLC, students have the chance to explore a prairie, sample the life of a wetland, and discover the beauty of a vanishing landscape. The Friends of the PWLC feel all schools should be able to visit the PWLC regardless of funding. Thanks to a grant they secured, the Friends provide up to 50% reimbursement for classes that cannot otherwise afford to visit. The funds pay for transportation to and from the Center for both daytime and overnight visits. For more information, contact Terrie Eidal at the PWLC at 218-998-4481.

Staffing
We warmly welcome three seasonal staff to the PWLC! Jo Fritz of Fergus Falls returns as our greenhouse staff and naturalist for the third year. Interns Emilie Sinkler (Illinois) and Aaron Heimann (Wisconsin) join us for the remainder of the school year to assist the Prairie Science Class and conduct environmental education programs for day use and residential groups visiting the PWLC. We are so glad to have you all with us!

Now Hiring Summer Youth
The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District (District) is hiring up to four individuals, ages 15 through 18, for employment in the Youth Conservation Corps. YCC is a work-learn-earn program that develops an understanding and appreciation in participating youth of the Nation's environment and heritage. Crew members work on wildlife habitat improvement projects, fence and building removal, boundary posting, brush cutting, nest monitoring and maintenance, and invasive species management. Some of these projects take place at the PWLC. For details, please see the separate attachments or contact Assistant Manager, Chad Raitz at (218) 736-0637 or by email Chad_Raitz@fws.gov or Manager Larry Martin at (218) 736-0627 or by email Larry_Martin@fws.gov. Application deadline is April 16.


2. PWLC Events for Educators and the Public

March 28: Wildlife Through the Lens (9 AM to Noon)
Learn to capture the beauty of wildlife and nature through a camera lens. Enjoy an opportunity to discover life at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in late winter and preserve the experience with a camera. Bring your camera or borrow one of ours. Our goals are to increase outdoor photography skills while spending time outdoors. All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing education/clock hours. Instructor: David Ellis, USFWS Instructional Systems Specialist. Please call 218-998-4484 to reserve your spot.

July 10: Fireflies at Night (10 PM to 11 PM)
Treat yourself to nature's fireworks display during their peak flashing period! We'll collect lightning bugs in the field and bring them inside to examine and identify. What's all that blinking about, anyway? How can some tiny creature light up without heating up, too? We'll answer these questions and more. All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing education/clock hours. Free! Instructor: Molly Stoddard, Instructional Systems Specialist. To register, call Molly at 998-4489 or email molly_stoddard@fws.gov.

July 20-23: Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Workshop (times vary)
Open to all who teach children including licensed teachers, teachers in training, naturalists, non-formal educators, park rangers, volunteers, and Friends members! Held in conjunction with the Summer Explorers Biology Camp for students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall. Workshop participants may teach any grade level and have the opportunity to apply their new skills each day with a small group of interested students. Working together as a team, we explore the many ways to use an outdoor classroom to enhance and strengthen a child's education. Participants receive 30 hours of clock hour instruction and workshop materials. Free dormitory lodging is available for workshop attendees. Enrollment is limited to the first 15 teachers who register. Free! ($25 deposit returned upon full attendance) Instructors: ISD 544 Prairie Science Class teacher Mona Davis; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service educators Molly Stoddard and Dave Ellis. For more information and to register, please visit www.friendsofprairiewetlands.com .

July 24: Moths at Midnight (10 PM to 11:30 PM)
Discover the nocturnal life of much-overlooked moths which are more abundant than their flashy family members, the butterflies. Search for moths in the field with flashlights and bait. Learn more about these nocturnal insects, and catch, identify, and study these fascinating critters. All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing education/clock hours. Free! Instructor: Teresa Jaskiewicz, Environmental Education Specialist. For information or to register, please call Teresa at 218-998-4486.


3. Other Resources

Jr. Duck Stamp Deadline: March 15
Remember that entries for the Minnesota Jr. Duck Stamp contest are due March 15 (postmarked) to Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Middle River, MN. This conservation through the arts program is open to K-12th graders. For contest rules, free curriculum, and more info, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ BONUS! Copies of the 2014 winning artwork are now on display until Friday, March 20, at the PWLC!

Get 'Em Outside
No Child Left Inside celebrates the outdoor classroom and its positive impact on children's learning, health, and leadership with this inspiring video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRR1feHqZPY

Nature's Notebook - Citizen Science
The National Phenology Network gathers information on plant and animal observations across the U.S. Scientists alone cannot collect enough data: They need your help. Join more than 6,000 other naturalists across the nation in taking the pulse of our planet. You'll use scientifically-vetted observation guidelines, developed for over 1,000 species, to ensure data are useful to researchers and decision-makers to ensure the continued vitality of our environment. https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook Find a wealth of curricula options here: https://www.usanpn.org/educate/nn_curriculum


4. Housekeeping

Brought to You by...
This seasonal environmental education (EE) e-mail is provided by the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you know of other educators who may be interested in receiving this e-mail, we welcome you to forward this message to them or ask them to send an e-mail to prairiewet@fws.gov with their name, school district, grade level(s), subjects, and city/state. We also welcome your feedback at any time. If there is something particular that you would like us to share, please let us know.


Find us on Facebook! You can reach the official PWLC facebook page and "like" us along with over 2,000 other folks. www.facebook.com/prairiewetlands

ONE MORE THING

"It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one's sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the
wonder-book of nature."

Theodore Roosevelt

7 Ways to Volunteer in St. Paul This Spring

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Environmental Volunteers

For every event:
Bring a water bottle.
Bathrooms are usually limited.
Dress for the weather.
Suggested attire: long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Event leaders will be in safety vests.
Leave valuables at home. There is no safe place to store them in the park, and storing in your car is not a safe option.
Sign in.
HAVE FUN!


Information about upcoming volunteer events and current opportunities with
Saint Paul Natural Resources, a section of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.
All events are family-friendly and great for individuals, friends and small groups.


With all the beautiful weather this week, it sure is easy to think spring! Here are seven (7) different ways to volunteer in your parks this spring. Don't worry, there will be many opportunities this spring, summer and fall. We are just getting started.


1. Citywide Spring Cleanup
Sat, Apr 18 | 9-11:30 am | Parks and neighborhoods in Saint Paul

Join forces with family, friends and neighbors to clean up the trash that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow.

Participating is easy! Register, and then drop by your selected Cleanup Site any time between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th, to pick up bags, gloves and snacks and meet your neighbors and community members. Then head out and clean up your park or neighborhood of choice. More information here.

REGISTER HERE

All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.


2. Spring Planting in Lilydale
Sat, May 9| 9-11:30 am | Lilydale Regional Park - meet at boat launch

Plant trees and shrubs to restore one of Saint Paul's beautiful riverside gems - Lilydale Regional Park! Join us, the National Park Service and Mississippi River Fund for an Arbor Month celebration along the floodplain of the Mississippi River. Volunteers will plant over 1,000 native trees and shrubs and take time to enjoy and learn about some of the Parks' feathered inhabitants on a guided bird walk.

REGISTER HERE

All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.


3. Restoration Supervisor
Restoration Supervisor volunteers work closely with staff to help improve and maintain areas of high ecological significance in Saint Paul. They assist staff with supervising volunteers during large habitat restoration events, and may also lead small volunteer events in the absence of staff.

Combine your passions to care for our land and to share your knowledge by leading garlic mustard pulls, burdock cleanups or planting events. Click here for more information and to apply.


4. EcoSteward
EcoStewards are individuals and small groups who are dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring natural areas and vital ecosystems. They will adopt a parcel of land in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom in Como Regional Park.

This is a good fit for a volunteer who needs a flexible schedule. Care for your parcel of land on your own time. Click here for more information and to apply.


5. Garden Steward
Garden Stewards are individuals and groups who care for the many gardens in Saint Paul by planting, weeding, mulching and providing general garden maintenance.

We provide gloves, mulch buckets, knee pads, trowels and safety vests. Click here for more information and to apply.

Several openings available downtown and one opening in Como.


6. Group Volunteer Projects
Help prepare or clean up gardens, improve and maintain natural areas or pick up trash in our parks, while working together as a team. We have several large-scale, one-time volunteer projects each month during the growing season (April through October). Saint Paul Natural Resources will tailor a private volunteer project for your group to work together

Projects must be requested at least THREE weeks prior to the requested date(s).

Click here for more information and to apply.


7. Waterfest 2015
Sat, May 30| 11 am-4 pm| Phalen Regional Park

Join the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and Saint Paul Parks & Rec for a free celebration of our clean lakes offering fun on and around the water with Voyageur canoes, boats, water games, live animals, climbing walls, music and much more! Click here more info or to volunteer.

Mar Headwaters Science Center Updates

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In This Issue:
Super PI Day
Summer Calendar
Thank you
Science at Home

March Northland Arboretum Newsletter

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The latest newsletter from Northland Arboretum in Brainerd can be found here.

Winter 2015 From Shore to Shore

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From Shore to Shore Newsletter

Greetings Shoreland and Water Quality Steward!

The Winter 2015 issue of the "From Shore to Shore" newsletter is now posted on the website for you to view and/or download. To access it, please go to: http://shorelandmanagement.org/shore_shore/

This issue includes the following articles:
Residents' Roles in Stormwater Mitigation
Antibacterial Products in Septic Systems
Cities Make Progressive Efforts to Protect the Mississippi River
Success! Common Carp Under Control in Riley Chain of Lakes
Please feel free to share the newsletter with others; reproduce articles for other newsletters (please credit "From Shore to Shore" as the source); and submit shoreland and water quality articles, pictures of projects, upcoming local events, and suggestions for topics for upcoming issues. Your input and feedback are always welcome!

If you have difficulty accessing the website, please let me know. Also, please notify Heidi Olson-Manska, olsonh@umn.edu, if your email address changes. If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please send an email to olsonh@umn.edu with "Unsubscribe to From Shore to Shore" in the subject line.

Karen Terry, Extension Educator-Water Resource Team
University of Minnesota Extension
Regional Office, Morris
WC Research/Outreach Ctr.
46352 State Highway 329
Morris, MN 56267

Voice: 320-589-1711
Fax: 320-589-4870
Email: kterry@umn.edu
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Lawmakers want final say on water quality rules:
Environmental groups are alarmed about an effort at the Minnesota Legislature to put the brakes on new rules designed to keep the state's lakes and rivers clean.

Read more at: http://www.wday.com/news/3685157-minnesota-lawmakers-want-final-say-water-quality-rules

Twenty things you didn't know about snow:
You might as well understand the stuff that could soon paralyze your car.

Read more at: http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jan/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-snow

Here's how to end Iowa's great nitrate fight:
Most Midwestern farmers grow corn and soybeans, which are warm-season plants. And after they're harvested, for seven long months, from fall until the following spring, nitrate continues to form naturally in the soil.

Read more at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/02/02/382475870/heres-how-to-end-iowas-great-nitrate-fight

Delta Dawn: Paddling a river run free:
The 2014 Colorado River Pulse Flow. Of the 260 rivers that cross international borders, this is the first binational agreement of its kind. A short highlighting the first crossing of the delta via watercraft

See more at: https://vimeo.com/97197932

MPR Special Reports: Climate change in Minnesota:
It's undeniable that Minnesota today is seeing the effects of a warming climate. That might seem contradictory after one of the coolest Novembers in Minnesota history and just one year after the polar vortex froze us to the bone.

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/06/mpr_news_presents

In an effort to cope with heavier rains and warmer temperatures that climate change brings, some communities are beginning to grapple with ways to help people adapt to the inevitable, even as they work to cut greenhouse gas emissions:

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/minn-communities-look-for-ways-to-adapt-to-climate-change

Are extreme blizzards the new normal?
An intense nor'easter is blasting parts of New England with up to three feet of snow, along with strong winds and storm surge in coastal areas. It might seem strange to talk about a major winter storm in the context of a warming world, but as the climate changes, extreme snowfalls may become a bigger proportion of all snowstorms.

Read more at: http://grist.org/climate-energy/east-coast-blizzard-climate-change-noreaster/?upw

1-minute video: Why warming causes bigger storms:
While some parts of the country are experiencing intense droughts, traditionally wet climates like Minnesota's are getting even wetter. Warming means that when it rains, it's more likely to pour.

See it at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/climate-change-rain-video

Your antibacterial soap is so dangerous, Minnesota just banned it:
For years, it was believed that anti-bacterial soaps were more effective at sustaining long-term health. Stripping and destroying harmful bacteria seems like a no-brainer when taken at face value. Triclosan, one of the most widely used anti-bacterial, anti-microbial agents in the United States, was introduced in 1972 to hospitals to help sterilize environments for surgeries.

Read more at: https://www.minds.com/blog/view/411982631022891008/your-antibacterial-soap-is-so-dangerous-minnesota-just-banned-it

Lake sturgeon continue recovery in Rainy River and Lake of the Woods:
A recent lake sturgeon population study in Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River illustrates the slow, steady sturgeon population recovery owing to cleaner water, effective fishing regulations and vigilant enforcement

Read more at: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2015/01/15/lake-sturgeon-continue-recovery-in-rainy-river-and-lake-of-the-woods/#more-15821

Minnesota to get $9M for agricultural water quality program:
Gov. Mark Dayton says the state will use its grant to establish its Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program as a national demonstration project. The program encourages farmers to adopt voluntary clean water practices.

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/agricultural-water-quality-program

Dayton acting like a leader on water protection:
Governor Dayton gives the opening remarks at the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable, or stakeholders meeting, an event that drew some 300 conservationists.

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/288941071.html#MXKArv5YtccPYV0M.01

This water lawsuit could be huge and it's happening in .... Iowa?
In an effort to preserve the purity of the state's stunning resources, the state capital's water utility company is facing off with farmers over fertilizer in an effort to curb water pollution.

Read more at: http://grist.org/news/this-water-lawsuit-could-be-huge-and-its-happening-in-iowa/

Water Works plans to sue three counties:
Des Moines Water Works is expected to pursue a lawsuit against three northwestern Iowa counties that manage drainage districts with high concentrations of nitrates. Water Works officials say the nitrates, which flow into the Raccoon River, threaten the city's water quality.


Read more at: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2015/01/06/des-moines-water-works-nitrate-lawsuit/21365355/?utm_campaign=%5B%22%5B%27buffer%27%5D%22%5D&utm_content=%5B%22%5B%27buffer43d6f%27%5D%22%5D&utm_source=%5B%22%5B%27facebook.com%27%5D%22%5D&utm_medium=%5B%22%5B%27social%27%5D%22%5D

Water Fight in Iowa Making Waves:
Threatened lawsuit get the attention of Minnesota farmers.

Read more at: http://www.pressreader.com/usa/star-tribune/20150219/281715498057413/TextView

Army agrees to pay for New Brighton water treatment for the next 30 years:
In a victory for the Ramsey County suburb, the Army agreed to continue to pay for the next 30 years of treatment of the city's drinking water, contaminated for years by industrial waste from the federal government's nearby former ammunitions plant.

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/289945621.html


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Events Calendar


Septic System Homeowner Operation and
Maintenance Education (HOME)
Date: March 14
Location: Windom Farm & Home Show,
Windom, MN
Contact: Doug Malchow at 507-280-5575 or
malch002@umn.edu

Linking Land Use and Water Quality:
An interactive workshop designed for
local community leaders
Date: March 26
Location: Fulda, MN
Contact: Karen Terry at 218-770-9301 or
kterry@umn.edu

Shorelines and Clean Water
Date: April 9
Location: Windom, MN
Contact: Karen Terry at 218-770-9301 or
kterry@umn.edu

For the most current calendar items and more details, visit http://www1.extension.umn.edu/environment/water/

Feb-Apr Maplewood Parks & Rec Brochure

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The February - April Recreation Brochure from Maplewood Parks and Recreation can be found here.

Winter Go Parks: The National Park Foundation Newsletter

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View the latest issue here.

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