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Did you know: community solar gardens can be actual gardens?

Community Solar Garden makes sense from an energy perspective, since energy utilities are harvesting energy from them, but we don’t usually think of them as gardens with lovely flowers and bees. However… Continue reading

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Carley State Park–A Hidden Gem

“…Just minutes from the extremely popular Whitewater State Park, Carley is a mere 200 acres, rated one of the least-visited parks in Minnesota, and so quiet that if I’m not actually the only person there, I feel like I am…” Continue reading

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Buffers – A Step in the Right Direction

“…The good thing about the buffer initiative is the large uniformity that it could bring to water quality here in our state – tens of thousands of acres of potential pollinator habitat, reduced runoff of nutrients and sediment, while also providing flexibility for farmers…” Continue reading

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We All Have To Work Together To Keep Our Creeks Clean

Over 2,000 volunteers participated in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s 9th annual creek clean up. Collectively we were able to pick up five tons (yes tons) of trash from Minnehaha Creek and surrounding lakes Continue reading

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Decoupling pairs top-notch utility service with energy savings

Decoupling — otherwise known as “Utility Revenue Decoupling” (but that’s just so nerdy!) — is a regulatory tool that lessens the impact that changes in utility energy sales have on utility revenues Continue reading

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Doris Amundsen–One of Rochester’s Conservation Stars

“…”Conservation is just the right thing to do.” Doris has spent decades walking the walk of conservation in her community, the classroom and her own garden…” Continue reading

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Nitrogen and Buckthorn? Yes, they’re related issues.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with buckthorn, it’s an invasive tree (some consider it to be a shrub) that is all but impossible to get rid of. Continue reading

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Sustaining Our Work With Hope

Sustaining Our Work With Hope

I have the kind of hope that comes from witnessing ordinary, yet extraordinary, Minnesotans who give of their time, expertise, and energy to ensure future generations can experience the beauty and bounty of our state. Continue reading

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A Boy and His River

A Boy and His River

Imagine for a moment – birds are chirping, insects are buzzing, and a river is bubbling with a fresh sound. Continue reading

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Planning Your Community’s Conservation Future Starts With You

Planning Your Community’s Conservation Future Starts With You

Summer is an important time in many local communities to start planning how to address conservation issues in the future. Continue reading

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