For Cleaner Water
       & Fewer Floods  
 

News

<< First  < Prev   1   2   3   4   5   ...   Next >  Last >> 
  • 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


  • 12 Apr 2016 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    Calling all paddling and outdoor adventure enthusiasts!


    Tyrol Ski & Sports invites you to the World Tour 2016 Reel Paddling Film Festival. The festival showcases some of the best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world.  Tyrol, along with Cascade Meadow Environmental Learning Center, is bringing the film festival to Rochester, Minnesota for the second annual showing.


    The Reel Paddling Film Festival is a contest that awards winning films in 10 categories; including Adventure Travel, Environmental, SUP, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, Whitewater and more.  Attracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, audiences can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by a variety of compelling short films.  The feedback was very positive from those who attended last year, and we expect the same to be true this year as well.  We’re excited for this event and we hope you can join us!


    What:  Reel Paddling Film Festival, hosted by Tyrol Ski & Sports


    When:  Friday, May 6th 7pm; doors open 6:30pm (Films will run ~2-3 hours, with a short intermission /door prizes!)


    Where:  Cascade Meadow, 2900 19th St. NW

    Tickets:  $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at Tyrol Ski & Sports or online by going to https://www.ticketriver.com/event/19499 


    *Proceeds to benefit the Zumbro Watershed Partnership.  More info at http://www.zumbrowatershed.org/

    *To see film trailers go to https://www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com/films/2016-shortlist.html  (Tyrol’s showing will include a chosen number of these films.)

     

  • 06 Apr 2016 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    Check out the

    Earth Fest Pub Crawl
    Saturday, April 23, starting at 1 pm.


    Go green by biking or walking to Pub Crawl Locations


    1 pm CB3Burgers and Brews, 9--3rd Ave. NW, Rochester
    2:30 pm Kinney Creek, 1016--7th St. NW, Rochester
    4 pm Forager, 1005--6th St. NW, Rochester

  • 24 Mar 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    Despite the snow, the Zumbro Watershed Buffer Summit will still take place on Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Mazeppa Community Center, 121 Maple St. in Mazeppa, MN.


    If you want to learn how the new Minnesota Buffer Rule will affect you, your farm, and the Zumbro River, join us tonight in Mazeppa for a short presentation and question and answer session about this rule.


    6:30-7:15 Crash Course in the Buffer Rule, Tom Gile, BWSR Buffer Specialist
    7:15-7:30 Five-minute Presentations by farmers Andy Hart and Duane Alberts about how they've installed buffers as part of their farm operations

    7:30-8:00 pm Question and Answer Period (panel to include everyone on this email list) I'm expecting that many of the questions will go to Tom. But having other agency staff there will also allow us to answers questions about having buffers in CRP (NRCS panelists), etc.

  • 15 Mar 2016 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies Kick-off Meeting

     

     

    The Zumbro Watershed Partnership invites you to join us as we begin the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies Process for the Zumbro River Watershed.  

     

    What: Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) Kick-off Meeting for     

               the Zumbro River Watershed 

     

    When: Saturday March 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

     

    Where: People's Energy Cooperative, Conference Meeting Room

                 1775 Lake Shady Avenue South

                 Oronoco, MN   55960

    We will be reviewing the new watershed science from the MPCA, and discussing the current and historical water quality issues in the Zumbro River Watershed along with providing a road map to address them.  

    Attached to this message are the following:

    1.  Detailed Agenda (also below)

    2.  A fact sheet regarding the use of Zonation Model and Zonation Model questionnaires that we'll be using for a survey in the afternoon.  Please review



    Zumbro River Watershed WRAPS Kickoff Meeting

     

     

    The Zumbro Watershed Partnership invites you to join us as we begin the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies Process for the Zumbro River Watershed.  

     

    What: Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) Kick-off Meeting for     

               the Zumbro River Watershed 

     

    When: Saturday March 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

     

    Where: People's Energy Cooperative, Conference Meeting Room

                 1775 Lake Shady Avenue South

                 Oronoco, MN   55960

    We will be reviewing the new watershed science from the MPCA, and discussing the current and historical water quality issues in the Zumbro River Watershed along with providing a road map to address them.  

    Attached to this message are the following:

    1.  Detailed Agenda (also below)

    2.  A fact sheet regarding the use of Zonation Model and Zonation Model questionnaires that we'll be using for a survey in the afternoon.  Please review before the meeting.

     

     

    We will be providing boxed lunches from Hy-Vee.  PLEASE RSVP SO WE YOU HAVE A LUNCH FOR YOU.  

    RSVP by emailing Paul Wotzka at planner@zumbrowatershed.org or calling me at 507-450-7737 by 11 AM on Thursday, March 17th.

     

    Hope to see you there!
    Paul Wotzka

     

    Zumbro River Watershed (ZRW) 

    Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS)

    Kickoff Meeting Agenda

    March 19, 2016 from 9:30-2:30

    (Lunch Provided by ZWP for attendees that RSVP)

    People’s Energy Cooperative Conference Room

    1775 Lake Shady Avenue South, Oronoco, MN 55960

     

     

    9:30 -10:00 am

    Registration and Beginning the Discussion

    Coffee and cookies

    Map displays

    Informal conversation on WRAPS 

    All

     

    10:00-10:30 am

    Introductions, Overview of WRAPS and Meeting Agenda

    Overview of the WRAPS Statute and process. Review agenda and emailed materials. 

    Paul Wotzka, ZWP 

    10:30 am - noon 

    New Watershed Science on the Zumbro River Watershed

    Monitoring and Assessment 

    Biological Stressor Identification 

    Water Quality Modeling:  HSPF and BATHTUB 

    MPCA Staff:  Justin Watkins, Ben Roush, and Tiffany Schauls

    Noon-12:45 pm

    Lunch

     

    Provided by ZWP

    12:45 -1:00 pm

    Knitting It All Together

    Synthesis of the morning’s watershed science 

    Justin Watkins, MPCA

    1:00-2:00 pm

    Zonation Values-based Modeling 

    Review of the process and conducting the surveys

    Paul Radomski, DNR

    2:00-2:30 pm

    Next Steps and Attendees Expectations for ZRW WRAPS 

    Three rounds of smaller scale meetings based on ZRW lobes




     



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     




  • 14 Mar 2016 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    The Zumbro Watershed Partnership seeks applicants for it's position as Executive Director.


    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

    Zumbro Watershed Partnership, Inc.

    DATE POSTED: March 4th, 2016

    APPLICATIONS DUE: April 8th, 2016

    POSITION TITLE: Executive Director

    POSITION LOCATION: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center, Rochester, MN

    EMPLOYMENT TERMS: Part-Time Employee (~25 hours/week)

    SALARY: $22.50 - $25.00/hour depending on experience

    START DATE: May 16th, 2016

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

    The Executive Director leads the Zumbro Watershed Partnership (ZWP) and provides daily management of all ZWP functions. This includes coordination with federal, state and local agency professionals and citizen members in the planning and execution of watershed management activities; application for grants and execution of awarded grants; fundraising; public relations; and membership recruitment.


    The Executive Director also reaches out to local and regional elected and appointed officials, private businesses and volunteer organizations to
    increase visibility of ZWP and accelerate implementation of a unified approach to watershed management in alignment with the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources’ “One Watershed, One Plan” initiative. This position is also responsible for overseeing ZWP staff, which currently includes a half-time Educational Coordinator and a half-time Watershed Planner.

    The Zumbro Watershed Partnership (ZWP) is a nonprofit organization of local concerned citizens and resource management professionals with the goal of restoring the natural and social benefits of a healthy watershed through collaborative partner projects. We have a history of building strong partnerships among citizen groups, local government entities, and academic institutions to obtain grants from government agencies and Non Government Organizations
    (NGOs). Those grants have allowed us to further our scientific understanding of the Zumbro Watershed, communicate more effectively with residents of the watershed, and develop long-
    term strategies toward improving the ecological integrity of our shared resources.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

     Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from an accredited college/university

    (e.g., water resources, watershed management, hydrology, ecology, conservation, fisheries

    and wildlife management, or related resource management field)

    OR

    Bachelor’s or Post-bachelor’s degree in the field of philanthropy, non-profit management,

    development and 5 years of experience in natural resources management, environmental

    education and/or environmental non-profit or advocacy organization.

     Demonstrated fundraising and/or grant writing abilities

     Ability to work effectively in various field conditions, including rough terrain and inclement

    weather

     Strong organizational, managerial, interpersonal, and communication skills, both written and verbal. Willingness to work with individuals of varied ages, educational, and social
    backgrounds.

     Skilled and experienced in public meeting facilitation and/or public speaking.

     Ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects and responsibilities.

     Possession of a valid Minnesota Driver’s License and a personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed at the IRS rate).

     Ability to analyze and comprehend technical and scientific data and express it in lay terms to

    ZWP members and the general public.

     Ability to apply effective leadership skills to employees, the ZWP Board, and committees, including the ability to provide effective work direction and performance management to employees.

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

     Successful fundraising and/or grant acquisition record.

     Experience with membership engagement and membership drives.

     Knowledge of conservation principles, practices and policies.

     Knowledge of urban and agricultural storm water management and flood management principles and practices, at both a local and regional scale.

     Experience with GIS software and application of geo-spatial information.

     Knowledge of watershed assessment models and application.

     Financial management and budgeting experience.

     Team management skills, including experience in staff development.

    PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:

    1. Grant Acquisition, Donor and Membership fundraising

     Pursue outside funding opportunities through grant writing and relationship building to further facilitate implementation of the Zumbro River Watershed Management Plan.

     Coordinate membership drive activities, including tracking membership applications andmailings, and maintaining the membership database.

    2. Coordination with Technical Partners and Grant Funding Agencies

     Facilitate interagency coordination, cooperation, and communication for all ZWP
    activities.

     Coordinate with partners to define, apply, implement and evaluate projects led by the ZWP or its partners that advance the goals and objectives of the Zumbro Watershed Plan.

     Continue ongoing efforts to prepare partners for the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources’ “One Watershed, One Plan” initiative.

    3. Organization Management

     Provide staff support to and communication with the ZWP Board.

     Prepare for and attend monthly Board meetings and regular committee meetings; prepare and distribute committee meeting notes; and provide status reports on activities.

     Supervise other ZWP staff and contractors in the execution of educational programming, planning efforts, and grant execution, including the completion of performance appraisals.

     Provide regular written communication to members, partners, and other interested parties.

    4. Grant Execution

     Oversee and administer grants, including execution of grant activities, compilation and submittal of required grant progress reports, tracking project expenditures, and documenting in-kind match contributions submitted by partners.

    REPORTABILITY:

    This position reports to the Zumbro Watershed Partnership, Inc. Board of Directors.

    About the Zumbro Watershed Partnership (ZWP)

    The Zumbro Watershed Partnership, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of local concerned citizens and water resource management professionals committed to protecting and restoring terrestrial and aquatic wildlife habitat in the Zumbro River Watershed. This major watershed covers 910,337 acres in the Lower Mississippi River basin in southeastern Minnesota in which more than 170,000 people live, work and play. ZWP is working to accelerate the adoption of conservation practices on agricultural working lands and perennial cover practices on highly sensitive areas in the watershed to improve freshwater aquatic habitat, improve water quality,
    and reduce storm water runoff. Funding comes from a combination of state and foundation grants as well as membership donations and benefit events.

    TO APPLY:

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references by 5:00 pm on April 8th, 2016. Please

    submit documents via email to admin@zumbrowatershed.org or by mail to:

    Lawrence Svien
    Zumbro Watershed Partnership
    1485 Industrial Drive NW
    Rochester, MN 55901


    Phone: 507-226-6787

    QUESTIONS:
    For more information, visit www.zumbrowatershed.org or contact Lawrence Svien at 507-226-6787 or admin@zumbrowatershed.org.

  • 09 Feb 2016 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    A big round a applause for Ray Schmidtz and Bruce Frutiger who each received a 2015 Olmsted County , Rochester Public Utilities Environmental Achievement Award in January.


    Schmitz is active in many environmental organizations in the area, including the Zumbro Watershed Partnership, EarthFest, and the Environmental Commission.


    Bruce Frutiger teaches high school students at Century High School  in Rochester about environmental issues.


    The awards recognize individuals and organizations in Olmsted County who make a significant contribution to Environmental Quality in Olmsted County. For more information, visit: https://www.rpu.org/environment/environmental-achievement-awards/

<< First  < Prev   1   2   3   4   5   ...   Next >  Last >> 
Contact Us:

Zumbro Watershed Partnership, Inc.
1485 Industrial Drive NW, Room 102
Rochester, MN 55901



Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software