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2014 draft Impaired Waters List now available

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has posted the 2014 draft Impaired Waters List on the Impaired Waters List webpage.   Updated every two years, Impaired Waters List consists three major components: the 303(d) (TMDL) List, the Inventory of Impaired Waters, and an “Appendix A” (waterbodies part of the Statewide Mercury…  Read More

Snag (dead tree) overlooking view

Snags: The Life-Affirming Role of Dead Trees

Environmental educator Nick Voss ponders snags and life. (Photo: Nick Voss) As winter becomes a not-so-distant memory, gardeners, greenhouses, and landscapers are thrilled to return to a celebration of life. But before we join the chorus, there’s the in-between gloomy zone of spring. Some may wait and suffer through it, but I invite you to…  Read More

Evolution of a Yard: Conventional Turf to All Native Plants

For Dana Boyle, a Twin Cities metro resident, a Lawns to Legumes grant was part of a yard transformation which had been percolating over several years, and which she writes about below. We visited Dana and asked her some questions about her project. In the following video links, she talks about how she converted her…  Read More

City of Mendota Heights

The City of Mendota Heights cooperates with neighboring organizations that assist and provide guidance in matters of stormwater runoff and surface water quality: • Lower Mississippi River Watershed Management • Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District • Lower Minnesota River Watershed District These organizations and the City documents listed below, provide the framework for water quality and quantity…  Read More

State Fair Exhibit Shift Sign Up

Blue Thumb’s 2021 State Fair Exhibit again features the Lawns to Legumes program, as a state-wide opportunity for every Minnesotan to learn about and install native plants in their yard. We welcome Blue Thumb partners, Minnesota Water Stewards, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and native-plant enthusiasts as volunteers. All exhibit volunteers will receive a state fair…