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Posted on: January 8, 2019

GreenCorps Fight to Keep Salt Out of Minnesota Lakes - the Latest from

GreenCorps Members sweep up extra sidewalk salt to reduce pollution to lakes

Salty water is a growing problem in Minnesota that affects aquatic life and our drinking water. You might not realize that your use of a water softener or sidewalk salt contributes to a build-up of chlorides in our shared waterways. Fortunately, a new gen...

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GreenCorps Tips for Salt Reduction at Home... Natural Resources
Posted on: December 18, 2018

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

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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

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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: January 16, 2019

Do You Know Which Watershed You Live In?

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A watershed is an area of land that drains to a specific lake or river. In the Twin Cities Metro Area, special units of government have been established along watershed lines to address water resource protection. Do you know which one you live in?

Where does the water go?  A watershed will tell you.  "What is a watershed?" you ask.  A watershed is the area of land that drains to a particular lake or river.  It connects us to that lake or river, even tho...

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Read the Surface Water Management Plan... Natural Resources