As of August 2016, the Minnesota DNR has identified 121 lakes, rivers and wetlands infested with zebra mussels, including Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, and the St. Croix River south of Stillwater.
“If you’re going to choose turf,” he says, “be responsible in how you take care of it. Research shows that a poorly maintained lawn with bare patches can be almost as bad for lakes as an over-fertilized lawn.”
The Mississippi River is a flyway for 60% of all the birds in North America and 320 species of birds migrate through the St. Croix River Valley.
If we were to go back in time about 75 years, yesterday’s lawns looked a lot different than the ones we have today. It was considered normal (even desirable) to have a lawn full of clover.
Building a water treatment plant on the St. Croix or Mississippi River would cost $68-184.9 million, depending on where the plant is located and how many communities it serves.