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  • 05 Dec 2016 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    You can support the Zumbro Watershed Partnership and our mission to work for "Cleaner Water and Fewer Foods" in Southeaster Minnesota. And, you can do it while you shop. Follow the link below to shop on www.Amazon.com and it's "Simile.Amazon.com" website. Amazon will donate 0.05 percent of your purchase to Zumbro Watershed Partnership, at no cost to you.


    Support us when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2316366 and Amazon donates to Zumbro Watershed Partnership Inc.

  • 10 Nov 2016 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    As you know, ZWP relies on your support to work for "Cleaner Water and Fewer Floods" in Southeast Minnesota. Please take a few minutes to support us with a donation during "Give to the Max Day" on Thursday, Nov. 17. 


    Your donation could help us win additional donations.


    https://www.givemn.org/organization/Zumbro-Watershed-Partnership


  • 26 Oct 2016 11:18 AM | Anonymous


     

    Voluntary Programs Fail to Clean


     Up Iowa’s Dirty Water

     

    A recent study by the Environmental Working Group found little or no benefit after taxpayers invested billions of dollars on voluntary farm conservation incentive programs. EWG researchers looked at aerial photos of land in eight “priority watersheds” that are part of the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. What they found was unsettling. While it was true that they found a small amount of additional conservation practices on the land, they also found many cases where farmers abandoned previous voluntary conservation practices. So in the end, after spending $3 billion in Iowa, conservation on the land is right back where we started, with little or no net gain in landscape conservation, and with water pollution, the same or worse than it was ten years ago.

     

    Between 2011 and 2014, farmers added 45 acres of new buffers, but they plowed up 119 acres of buffers, resulting in a loss of 74 acres of streamside buffers. During the same time period, farmers added 26 miles of grassed waterways, but they plowed up 21 miles, leading to an increase if just 5 miles of waterways. 

     

    “We are just fooling ourselves by clinging to the hope that voluntary conservation measures will clean up      Iowa’s water. Instead we need to set standards that restrict the most damaging activities, which can often be solved by simple and conventional practices,” said the report. You can view the report at :www.ewg.org/research/fooling-ourselves

     

    According to EWG Researchers, All Farmers Should be Required to Implement Four Basic Conservation Practices


    ¨ Keep 50 feet of vegetation between cropland and waterways to filter polluted runoff


    ¨ Heal or prevent temporary gullies (with grassed waterways or water control structures)


    ¨ Keep livestock out of rivers and streams


    ¨ Ban manure spreading on snow-covered or frozen ground

     

     

     


  • 20 Oct 2016 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    Zumbro River Watershed (ZRW) 

    Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) Meetings for the

    South Fork and Lake Zumbro, Middle and North Forks, and Lower Zumbro River Lobes 

    November 15 and 16, 2016


    Lower Zumbro River Lobe

    Tuesday November 15th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Theilman Opera House

    62643 261th Avenue

    Theilman, MN 55945

     

    Middle and North Forks Zumbro River Lobe

    Tuesday November 15th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    People’s Coop Meeting Room

    1775 Lake Shady Ave S.

    Oronoco, MN 55960

     

    South Fork Zumbro River and Lake Zumbro Lobe

    Wednesday November 16th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Cascade Meadows 2900 19th Street NW 

    Rochester, MN 55901


  • 30 Sep 2016 12:32 PM | Anonymous


    Farmer-led Solutions for Water Quality Improvement

    Jeremy Geske, Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC)

    Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:30 pm

    Jeremy Geske, Watershed Education Specialist with the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center will discuss a variety of farmer-led efforts to improve water quality. Geske will provide an update on Discovery Farms Minnesota, the Green Star Farms Initiative and small watershed efforts. 

    Academic Areas: Minnesota Geography, Natural Science, Chemistry, History, Communication Arts, Ag in the Classroom


  • 22 Jul 2016 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    New Location for North and Middle Fork WRAPS Lobe Meeting


    This round will focus on:

    1.  Pollutant reduction goals for phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment

    2.  Applying various land management scenarios in the N & P BMP Tools  to meet water quality goals and
    3.  Water quality pollution reduction simulations for nutrients and sediment from the HSPF Model. 

    A detailed agenda for the meetings will be sent out our our email mailing list approximately 1 week beforehand.  




    Zumbro River Watershed (ZRW) 

    Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS)

    South Fork and Lake Zumbro, Middle and North Forks, and Lower Zumbro River Lobes

    August 9 and 10, 2016

    Lower Zumbro River Lobe

    Tuesday August 9th, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Theilman Opera House

    62643 261th Avenue

    Theilman, MN 55945


    Middle and North Forks Zumbro River Lobe

    Tuesday August 9th, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    New Location:

    Meeting location for the North and Middle Fork Lobe Meeting has moved to the  People’s Energy Cooperative Conference Room, 1775 Lake Shady Avenue South, Oronoco, MN 55960  due to primary election day activities at the Wanamingo Community Center.



    South Fork Zumbro River and Lake Zumbro Lobe

    Wednesday August 10th, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    Cascade Meadows 2900 19th Street NW 

    Rochester, MN 55901

     

    Lobe Meetings are organized to address lobe specific as well as watershed-wide issues.  As we stated at the Kickoff Meeting, some of you may have interests in several lobes.  You are welcome to attend any and all the meetings but NOT expected to attend them all. The lobe boundaries are indicated on the map below: 


  • 12 Jul 2016 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    WRAPS Lobe Meetings Round 2


    This round will focus on:

    1.  Pollutant reduction goals for phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment

    2.  Applying various land management scenarios in the N & P BMP Tools  to meet water quality goals and
    3.  Water quality pollution reduction simulations for nutrients and sediment from the HSPF Model. 

    A detailed agenda for the meetings will be sent out to our email mailing list approximately 1 week beforehand.  





    Zumbro River Watershed (ZRW) 

    Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS)

    South Fork and Lake Zumbro, Middle and North Forks, and Lower Zumbro River Lobes

    August 9 and 10, 2016


    Lower Zumbro River Lobe

    Tuesday August 9th, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Theilman Opera House

    62643 261th Avenue

    Theilman, MN 55945


    Middle and North Forks Zumbro River Lobe

    Tuesday August 9th, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Wanamingo Community Center

    401 Main St

    Wanamingo, MN 55983


    South Fork Zumbro River and Lake Zumbro Lobe

    Wednesday August 10th, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    Cascade Meadows 2900 19th Street NW 

    Rochester, MN 55901

     

    Lobe Meetings are organized to address lobe specific as well as watershed-wide issues.  As we stated at the Kickoff Meeting, some of you may have interests in several lobes.  You are welcome to attend any and all the meetings but NOT expected to attend them all. The lobe boundaries are indicated on the map below: 



  • 31 May 2016 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    I am sharing an opportunity to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Minnesota.  The MN DNR is offering an AIS volunteer training from the Watercraft Inspection Program staff at Whitewater State Park on June 13th.  AIS impact the ecosystems from the bottom up by reducing food sources for native fish and mussels, contribute to habitat loss and degradation, reduce fish populations, impact recreation, tourism and industry.  This is one way we can help reduce the spread of AIS.  Please let me know if you are interested in this or for more information on AIS threats and impacts to the unique aquatic resources (trout streams and wetlands in addition to lakes and rivers) of Wabasha County. 

     

    You should be able to copy and paste the links in your browser.  The first link is general information on the AIS volunteer training and the following link is specifically for the training at Whitewater State Park.

     

    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais_volunteer.html

    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/calendar/app?jsp=/templates/event.jsp&id=48154

     

    Regards,

    Jen Wahls

    AIS Coordinator

    Wabasha County Soil & Water

    651 565 4673 x 109
  • 20 May 2016 12:12 PM | Anonymous

    The 1st round of meetings for the Zumbro River Watershed (ZRW) Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) process will be held June 7 and 8. Times and locations of the meetings are:

     

    South Fork Zumbro River and Lake Zumbro Sub-watersheds

    Tuesday June 7th, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    Cascade Meadows 2900 19th Street NW

    Rochester, MN 55901

     

    Middle and North Forks Zumbro River Sub-watersheds

    Tuesday June 7th, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Wanamingo Community Center

    401 Main St

    Wanamingo, MN 55983

     

    Lower Zumbro River Sub-watershed

    Wednesday June 8th, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Theilman Opera House

    62643 261th Avenue

    Theilman, MN 55945

     

    The meetings are taking place in Rochester, Wanamingo, and Theilman in order to give interested citizens ample opportunity to participate in and learn about the WRAPS process in the ZRW. 

     

    This round of meetings will review the designated polluted waters in the ZRW and examine sources for pollutants in urban and rural areas.  In addition, presentations will address water quality modeling of current conditions and future scenarios to reduce pollutants. Results from values-based modeling to prioritize areas for restoration and protection will also be presented. 

     

    The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

     

  • 22 Apr 2016 9:59 AM | Anonymous
    When state officials began discussing new rules to enforce the 30-year-old buffer rule that requires farmers to have a 50-food grass or perennial plan buffer between crop fields and public waters, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did a study to quantify the impact of buffers on water quality. After reviewing 3,500 sites and comparing those who had buffers with those that didn't, the results seem very clear: Buffers improve water quality, even in areas with most of land in crop production.


    See the report online: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/buffers-improve-water-quality


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