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RSDP supports innovative River Explorers program

By Ronnie Schwenn


UMN Crookston faculty Katy Nannenga and daughter Grace paddle the Sand Hill River on an outing organized by River Watch's Wayne Goeken for the Rural Design Conference and RSDP's Statewide Coordinating Committee.

Minnesota may be the land of 10,000 lakes, but in Northwest Minnesota, citizens are trying to direct attention to a different water resource: rivers. Two years ago, Wayne Goeken, special projects coordinator with the Fargo based International Water Institute, approached Northwest RSDP (NWRSDP) for support to expand the youth-oriented River Explorers. NWRSDP provided key funding for the project, which, under the auspices of the pre-existing River Watch program, will provide opportunity for more kids to get outdoors and connect to the natural world and promote rivers as assets to the tourism base of the region.

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