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Posted on: March 5, 2019

Wetland Monitoring Volunteers Needed! We'll Train You - Science Background Not Required!

Two volunteers monitor wetlands for WHEP

If you love the outdoors, we need your help! The Wetland Health Evaluation Program still needs volunteers. You’d work in a team to help monitor and evaluate wetland health. Training and equipment provided. Register at http://www.mnwhep.org/id1.html

If you love the outdoors, we need your help! The Wetland Health Evaluation Program needs volunteers in Apple Valley. You’d help monitor and evaluate wetland health based on species diversity and population of macro-invertebrates (dragonflies, sn...

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Register for WHEP... Natural Resources
Posted on: March 4, 2019

We Want to Hear From You! Now Accepting Input on the City’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program

The City will be accepting input from the public on its SWPPP per the requirements of its permit through May 1.

The City will be accepting input from the public on its SWPPP per the requirements of its permit.  Use this email to provide comment on the Apple Valley Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program through May 1, 2019.

The public may also provide input...

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View the SWPPP... Natural Resources
Posted on: February 11, 2019

Don't Delay - Prune Trees Now to Avoid Spreading Tree Diseases

Winter tree pruning from bucket truck

When a tree is pruned or “wounded” it can give off certain chemicals. Did you know that some insects can be attracted to these chemicals? It sounds cool, but sometimes insects carry fungi or other pathogens from an infected tree into a...

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More About Pruning Trees... Natural Resources
Posted on: January 28, 2019

Over 500 People have Received Grants to Install a New Garden Since 2007 - Do You Want to be Next?

Examples of Native Plants by SWCD Landscaping for Clean Water

These aren't just any kind of gardens. Oh, no. They are beautiful gardens that improve water quality in local lakes and provide pollinator habitat. Let us help you install a new raingarden, native plant garden, or pond/lake buffer in your yard.

The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), with help from area cities, Dakota County, and local watershed organizations, has been assisting residents with installing raingardens, native plant gardens, and lake/pond buffers through the ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2019

We Found this Classic Sign of Emerald Ash Borer this Week - Learn Other Signs to Look for in Winter

EAB symptoms in tree

Emerald Ash Borer, is an insect that kills ash trees over time. Some of the signs of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation are most easily seen in winter. Do you know what they are?

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is slowly killing ash trees in Apple Valley.  The larval form of the insect lives under the bark of ash trees, and slowly kills the tissue that conducts nutrients/sugars/food of infected trees.  Unfortunately, EAB...

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Learn More About Emerald Ash Borer Here… Natural Resources
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Beware of Thin Ice and Open Water: Lake Aerators on for the Season

Farquar Aerator

Aerators create an area of open water and thin ice on lakes. Ice thickness can be very unpredictable and lots of variation exists on local lakes. Always use caution when deciding to walk or otherwise travel on the ice. Stay clear of the marked area.

The City of Apple Valley operates aerators on Scout Lake in Briar Oaks Park, Alimagnet Lake, and Farquar Lake.  Aerators create an area of open water and thin ice on lakes.  Ice thickness can be very unpredictable and lots of variation e...

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More About Winter Lake Aeration... Natural Resources
Posted on: December 13, 2018

Attend a Free Gardening Workshop and Learn More About Gardening Grants

moth on coneflower

Landscaping for Clean Water workshops will be held again in 2019. See stunning examples, learn about benefits to water and wildlife, learn about grants. You don't have to live on the water to help improve the water. Eco-friendly can be beautiful.

Now is a great time to begin planning a stunning new garden for your yard. To help you get started, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding Landscaping for Clean Water workshops on native gardens, rain...

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Register for Gardening Workshops Here... Natural Resources
Posted on: March 21, 2019

Love Your Pond, Put in a Buffer - We Can Help

Shoreline Buffer with pretty blooming native flowers, photo by SWCD

Buffers aren't just for farmers along streams; they are also pretty gardens that can help improve water quality in your backyard pond or lake. We have resources that can help you get started this spring.

Buffers, strips of native vegetation planted next to a lake or pond, do a lot for us: 

  • filter pollutants out of runoff before it reaches the pond/lake
  • keep annoying geese and the mess they make out of our yards
  • keep our yard from eroding or slumping...
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