This September, Stillwater took the Blue Star assessment and scored high enough to land themselves a spot on the Blue Star Leader Board, as well as one of the coveted Blue Stars. The city attained high points for natural resources preservation and management, stormwater management policies, and inspections and enforcement.
Fans of small government can also appreciate the fact that the Conservation District employs only thirteen staff, doesnâ€™t collect any taxes and achieves significant conservation achievements solely through engaging private property owners in voluntary projects.
Where now there are corn fields, wheat fields and houses with close trimmed lawns, once grew big bluestem, purple coneflower, compass plant and cylindric blazing star.
Mild panic ensued, but we negotiated the whitewater successfully, without losing a single bracelet or charm.
Whoâ€™s eating the daphnia in Square Lake? Is it the rainbow trout stocked by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources each spring and fall? Is it the bluegills and sunfish in the lake? Could a fly be to blame? What is a daphnia anyway, and why do I care?