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Please join us for a day of *Outdoor Family Fun


“Take a Day OFF* (*Outdoor Family Fun) on the Mississippi River”
Saturday, August 1, 2015
10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Rain or Shine!
Stearns County Mississippi River Park
41300 County Road 1, Rice, MN 56367 (seven miles north of Sartell)

 

FREE • No Experience Necessary • All Equipment Provided

 

Enjoy a day of fun and adventure on the Mississippi River! 

 

Activities include:   •  Paddle Sports  •  Archery  •  Fishing    •  Electro Fishing Demos  •  Kids Games  •  Canoeing  •  Birdhouse Building  •  Nature Art   •  Live Reptiles  •  Nature Hike  •  And More!


Find more info here.



MDA Township Testing Program


Nitrates are a serious concern today in ground water supplies. The MDA is currently working though a sampling program across many counties in Minnesota designated as having a higher potential for groundwater contamination. Stearns County has a number of townships that have been included in this testing.

Find out more about that program here:
https://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/cleanwaterfund/gwdwprotection/townshiptesting.aspx

Results from some Stearns County townships have been released in the following document:
https://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/cleanwaterfund/gwdwprotection/~/media/Files/chemicals/nfmp/2015initialtestsumm.pdf




Conservation Buffers


Conservation buffers are strips of vegetation placed in the landscape to influence ecological processes and provide a variety of goods and services to us. They are called by many names, including wildlife corridors, greenways, windbreaks, and filter strips to name just a few.

Benefits that conservation buffers provide to us include protecting soil resources, improving air and water quality, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, and beautifying the landscape. In addition, buffers offer landowners an array of economic opportunities including protection and enhancement of existing enterprises.

find out more here



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The Lake Koronis Project


The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has received a Clean Water Partnership Grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to work with the public in an effort to protect and/or improve the water quality of Lake Koronis. Click here for more information.



Fitting Cover Crops into Your Rotation


Cover crops are an excellent way to build organic matter, protect soil from erosion, fight weeds, capture nutrients, and even provide supplemental forage; they help mimic a natural system where there is cover year round when interseeded into or planted after cash crops. When planting cover crops you can look at your specific goals and consider legumes for a nitrogen source, nutrient recovery and increased infiltration with deep rooted brassicas (i.e. turnips and radishes), or try a mixture that will cover multiple resource concerns.  One helpful tool is the Cover Crop Decision Tool offered by the Midwest Cover Crops Council http://www.mccc.msu.edu/index.htm.




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Do you know the story of Soil?
Click here to learn the whole story! iheartsoil.org 

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SWCD Press Releases

Current Releases:

MAWQCP Third Street Brewery OPen House
Women Caring for the Land Session
Stearns Students to Complete at State Envirothon
SWCD Partners with Third Street Bewhouse
Climate Adaptation Award



Past Press Releases Click here...


Other News Click here...

greenstarfarms.org - How Does Your Stewardship Rate?

No-Till University

FREE posters available!
Click here

The On-Farm Network® is here.

The Stearns County SWCD is partnering with the On-Farm Network® to assist farmers in implementing stalk nitrate evaluations to help them fine tune Nitrogen management in corn production.  Click here for more information.

Learn about Pheasants Forever.

Check out the video at the bottom of the Pheasants Forever page. Click here...

Want to learn about the soil on your property?

Check out the Web Soil Survey Click here...

Department of Natural Resources is taking tree orders (minimum order 500 trees). Click here for more information.

Mississippi River Basin Initiative Program

The Stearns SWCD and partners have been awarded over $4 million for projects that will protect and restore the waters of the Sauk River. Working with many partners, the SWCD will provide assistance to producers to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus while supporting agricultural productively and wildlife habitat. Learn more...




Problems or Questions about this website? Please contact ben.ruley@mn.nacdnet.net

All contents are the property of Stearns County SWCD. The District's goal is to provide quality and accurate information.
All information within this site, though, is subject to change and should only serve as a guideline for the District's services and procedures.
For the most current and accurate information, please contact the District at (320)251-7800, Extension 3.

Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Mon-Fri

110 2nd Street South, Waite Park, MN 56387 | Ph: 320-251-7800 x3 | Fax: 855-205-6907

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