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Clean Water, Land and Legacy Stories

Twisted creek, restored habitat

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A $1.5 million stream reconstruction is improving water quality, flood control and wildlife habitat on the site of a former Rochester golf course.

Nearly 20 years in the making, the Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District and Minnesota DNR project finished this summer on the South Branch of Cascade Creek. It virtually eliminated the erosion problem that once sent 42 dump truck loads worth of sediment into Cascade Creek every year.

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Lakeshore lawns: Native plant restorations catching on

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Recreation and restoration can co-exist, and a Soil & Water Conservation District in the heart of Minnesota’s vacationland is providing lakeshore property owners with detailed landscaping plans that show how. In Detroit Lakes, Justin Scallon liked the solution to his eroding shoreline so much that he pursued a second restoration – and got neighbors thinking about doing the same.

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North Shore Forest Transformation

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How a spruce budworm outbreak and a Lake SWCD pilot project could reset pockets of forest to pre-logging days,

curb erosion, benefit trout habitat and clean up a municipal water supply, resulting in a North Shore forest transformation.

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