The program regulates cities and other entities that manage storm sewer systems and is administered in our state by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
On February 20, Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes will hold its annual Design with Nature Conference in St. Paul at St. Thomas University. The event is an opportunity for gardeners, native plant enthusiasts, habitat restorationists, and landscape designers to learn more about gardening with native plants and making use of residential landscapes to improve habitat for birds and pollinators, and keep stormwater pollution out of local lakes, rivers and wetlands.
This year, BWSR awarded 64 new grants totaling $11.7 million. Seven of the projects are in areas draining directly or indirectly to the St. Croix River.
Locally, watershed management organizations – Brown’s Creek, Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix, Middle St. Croix, South Washington, and Valley Branch – are all in the process of updating their 10-year management plans.
At the peak, I paused a moment to catch my breath and then, I put a hand to my ear. I heard a sound rising up from the valley. It started in low. Then it started to grow. A tiny Who down in Whoville was singing a song and his little voice rose up through the trees.
Throughout history, pouring salt on the land has symbolized a curse not only for current inhabitants, but also for future generations.