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  • 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


  • 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




     



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     




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