Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization

Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization The Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Organizations manage the lakes, streams, and wetlands in 67 sq mi of Hennepin County, MN.

The Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission and the West Mississippi Watershed Management Commission are Watershed Management Organizations (WMOs) formed in 1984 using Joint Powers Agreements. The watersheds are located in the northwest portion of the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven county Metropolitan Area and are comprised of all or part of ten cities in Hennepin County.

West Metro Water Alliance
06/26/2019

West Metro Water Alliance

Watershed Wednesday tip: get your soil tested before applying fertilizers. You would take medicine that you don't need, maybe your soil doesn't need anything either. At any rate, get your soil tested first. Buy a soil test kit or take it to your county extension office.

06/25/2019
CCX Media

CCX Media

The city of Plymouth and the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission worked together on a project to improve water quality in two Plymouth lakes. Crews released aluminum sulfate into Pomerleau Lake and Bass Lake this week to prevent the growth of algae.
Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization Pomerleau Lake

City of Plymouth, MN - Local Government
06/25/2019

City of Plymouth, MN - Local Government

The City of Plymouth partnered with the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization to improve water quality on two lakes in Plymouth.

Alum treatment was applied to Bass and Pomerleau lakes this week. The treatment reduces concentrations of nutrients, particularly phosphorus, to minimize the amount of algae, increase water clarity and improve fishing and recreational opportunities for lake users. More information about the project: http://bit.ly/2WEoEIt

Autumn Ridge Apartments
06/25/2019

Autumn Ridge Apartments

As part of our ongoing partnership with Metro Blooms, Autumn Ridge hosed a Recreate the Landscape raingarden education and stewardship meeting. Our goal is to involve residents in a project that benefits the community and the environment. Thank you also to the City of Brooklyn Park, MN - Local Government, African Career, Education and Resource, Inc. (ACER),
Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization, and Hennepin County Government!

06/13/2019
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District

What a beautiful sound! One more reason we protect our water.

American toad: They require only semi-permanent freshwater ponds, wetlands or pools with shallow water in which to breed. They also depend on dense vegetation for cover and hunting grounds (insects). When cold weather rolls around, they will burrow in the dirt (backwards) and hibernate until the Spring season. Given that they require these common factors, American toads can call just about anywhere “home”. Maybe you’ve seen this species lurking around our district, if not, then maybe you may have heard them without knowing it! #RWMWD

West Metro Water Alliance
06/12/2019

West Metro Water Alliance

It's watershed-friendly Wednesday! Keep those streets, sidewalks and parking lots clean. Otherwise, what's on the street will end up in the lakes and creeks.

Wolves, deer and a new state bee: How the environment fared at the Legislature
06/03/2019
Wolves, deer and a new state bee: How the environment fared at the Legislature

Wolves, deer and a new state bee: How the environment fared at the Legislature

There was a lot of give-and-take at the last minute between the DFL-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate. Some provisions -- like establishing grants to get kids outdoors -- made it through, while others -- like lifting the state's ban on new nuclear power plants -- were abandoned.

06/03/2019
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Here's a quick 60-second video from Minnehaha Creek Watershed of how to plant a rain garden.

Has the wet spring inspired you to install a rain garden? Here are some tips!

West Metro Water Alliance
05/29/2019

West Metro Water Alliance

Watershed-Friendly Wednesdays! Hey property managers, remember to check your dumpster areas and property for litter every week. Streets connect to lakes and rivers via stormdrains.

The Shingle Creek Commission and City of Plymouth have partnered up on two lake alum treatment projects on Bass Lake and...
05/14/2019

The Shingle Creek Commission and City of Plymouth have partnered up on two lake alum treatment projects on Bass Lake and Pomerleau Lake in the upper watershed. The treatments will improve water clarity and bind up the lake sediments to inhibit phosphorus release from the lake bottom. The suspended alum appears to turn the water turquoise. The color will fade as the alum falls thought the water column to the bottom. CCX Media did a short story on the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTb9a8HCMMM

Natural Shore Technologies
05/08/2019
Natural Shore Technologies

Natural Shore Technologies

Mark Your Calendars! Wed. May 15th-Sat. May 18th Native Plant Sale at our Retail Nursery! 10am-4pm 1480 Cty. Rd. 90 Independence, MN 55359

Speaking to the Meadow Lake Association, what an engaged group!
04/27/2019

Speaking to the Meadow Lake Association, what an engaged group!

How does the Becker Park infiltration gallery work? As stormwater is routed through a maze of pipe, it will slowly filte...
04/24/2019

How does the Becker Park infiltration gallery work? As stormwater is routed through a maze of pipe, it will slowly filter through perforations and into a bedding layer of rock. That rock helps support the pipe and also provides additional storage in the void space between the individual rocks. The water will then slowly soak into the ground.

The City of Crystal is starting to install the underground infiltration system at Becker Park at Bass Lake Road and Bott...
04/19/2019

The City of Crystal is starting to install the underground infiltration system at Becker Park at Bass Lake Road and Bottineau Boulevard. Over 72,000 sf of pipe under the new performance area will treat stormwater from 147 acres of commercial and residential property before being discharged into Upper Twin Lake.

Carp are congregating in Ryan Creek near France Avenue. Block nets are up, and carp removal is on the schedule for today...
04/17/2019

Carp are congregating in Ryan Creek near France Avenue. Block nets are up, and carp removal is on the schedule for today.

We All Need Food and Water
04/08/2019

We All Need Food and Water

Email I got today from Rep. Becker-Finn!

"I wanted to let you know that the "salt bill" has been included in our omnibus Environment & Natural Resources Finance bill! I am hopeful we can pass the bill and finally get these changes made to reduce the impact of salt on our water.

Thanks for writing and please continue to let me know about issues that are important to you!

Jamie

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn
District 42B
559 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7153"

West Metro Water Alliance
04/04/2019
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

Attention lake users: If you spot a fish kill this spring, please report it to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center using the link below. Fish kills are fairly common - especially following a severe winter. Most fish kills are natural, and not cause for alarm. Researchers at the U of M will use the information to learn about fish diseases and ecosystem changes. They may even be able to isolate diseases that affect ONLY invasive carp, which may provide new management tools.
https://www.maisrc.umn.edu/report-fishkills

Minnesota lawmakers aim to cut overuse of salt on roads, walkways
03/27/2019
Minnesota lawmakers aim to cut overuse of salt on roads, walkways

Minnesota lawmakers aim to cut overuse of salt on roads, walkways

Bills in the House and Senate would create a state program to certify the professionals who apply salt to sidewalks and parking lots, so they know how to best control ice without using excessive salt.

Celebrate Earth Day
03/25/2019
Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Every day in the week leading up to Earth Day, we’ll focus on an action that you can take to protect the environment and connect you with resources to help you take that action.

Hennepin Environment
03/25/2019

Hennepin Environment

Local businesses can make a big difference: Bull's Horn Food And Drink in South Minneapolis applied for and received a Natural Resources Grant to improve water quality in nearby Minnehaha Creek. They have plans for a rain garden, 500-gallon cisterns, and permeable pavers. Cheers to Bull's Horn!

We are pleased to announce that the Environmental Initiative has awarded the Commission with an Honorable Mention for En...
03/21/2019
And the 2019 Award Winners Are... - Environmental Initiative

We are pleased to announce that the Environmental Initiative has awarded the Commission with an Honorable Mention for Environmental Innovation in its 2019 Environmental Initiative Awards. While this award recognizes the Biochar- and Iron-Enhanced Sand Filter Project, it also reflects the history and willingness of the Commission and cities at adopting new strategies and technologies that advance the science and practice of stormwater management. Congratulations!
https://environmental-initiative.org/news/and-the-2019-award-winners-are/

To most people, spring signals: melting snow, warming temperatures and blooming flowers. To me, though, it means the Environmental Initiative Awards are coming. Each year, Environmental Initiative honors people and …

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission
03/20/2019

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

PSSST! Want to have a great excuse to sneak outside today? Sweep up the excess salt in front of your work place before the snow melt carries it into our waters. One teaspoon of salt pollutes 5 gallons of water!

Freshwater Society
03/20/2019
Freshwater Society

Freshwater Society

Master Water Stewards SOS group is making strides to reduce our chloride pollution:

About 50 Minnesota lakes and streams are now officially listed as impaired for chloride, meaning they don’t meet water quality standards. Most are in the metro area. More are getting close to the limit. “It’s a one-way street,” said Sue Nissen, an Edina resident with a citizens’ group called StopOverSalting (SOS). “I think that’s what’s alarming about it.”

03/20/2019
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

Pitch in to prevent flooding and pollution. Keep your stormdrain clear and clean all year long!

Right now is a great time to adopt your nearest storm drain! Drains clogged with ice can’t drain the water from your roa...
03/12/2019

Right now is a great time to adopt your nearest storm drain! Drains clogged with ice can’t drain the water from your roadway. With a quick warm up and rain on the way, help out by shoveling the storm drain near you free of snow today.

City crews have been clearing catch basins for several weeks in priority areas prone to localized street flooding. There are 55,000 catch basins in Minneapolis. As of this afternoon, crews have cleared more than 750. Report locations of street flooding by calling 311.

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
03/12/2019

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Samples collected from local stormsewers yesterday. Notice how dark the water is. Pollutants that accumulated over the course of the winter are now being flushed through the stormsewer system by melting snow and ice. It's an unfortunate byproduct of the big spring thaw that we all look forward to. Visit our blog to learn how one pollutant in particular — chloride (a.k.a. road salt) — moves through the stormsewers this time of year. https://www.mwmo.org/blog/three-graphs-show-melting-snow-carries-chloride-waterbodies/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Mississippi%20Watershed%20Management%20Organization

03/11/2019

The National Weather Service has issued an Areal Flood Watch, which includes Hennepin County. The Watch is in effect from Wednesday, March 13 to Thursday March 14, 2019.

Rain/thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall will begin to impact Hennepin County Wednesday morning, lasting through Thursday evening. Over an inch and a half of rainfall is expected county wide. Warmer air will also work into East Central Minnesota and begin to melt the snow pack. This will lead to street flooding and standing water across low lying areas across the County. The National Weather Services does NOT expect significant rises on the main stem rivers with this event. However, those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop .

Source: National Weather Service

03/08/2019

It's looking good for Twin Lake carp harvesting on Monday, March 11.

03/01/2019
Hennepin Environment

I'd like something like this on my driveway...

The snow melt system at Target Field Station is working well today!

Here’s how the system works: About 50 miles of plastic tubing is embedded in the concrete at Target Field Station. An antifreeze mix circulates through the tubing to warm the concrete and melt the snow. The antifreeze mix is heated using excess heat from the production of energy at the next door Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), a waste-to-energy facility that burns garbage from Minneapolis and surrounding communities to generate energy.

Having this snowmelt system eliminates the use of salt and other chemicals to melt snow and reduces the need for manual snow clearing. This lowers costs, saves fuels, produces cleaner and safer sidewalks, reduces salt going into the Mississippi River.

West Metro Water Alliance
02/27/2019
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

Climate scientists have been saying all along that one of the primary effects of climate change is the disruption of the water cycle. Since so much of everyday life is determined by hydrological systems, it is important to understand the impact that climate change is having (and will have) on drinking water supplies, sanitation, food and energy production.

Contributions to society: What will our legacy be?
02/19/2019
Contributions to society: What will our legacy be?

Contributions to society: What will our legacy be?

As our nation remembered the profound contributions Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made to our society, I reflected on what I can do to make this world a better place.

West Metro Water Alliance
02/15/2019
West Metro Water Alliance

West Metro Water Alliance

Congratulations to our neighbors to the north! Through education of citizen and implementation of carefully considered projects, improvements in lake water quality can be achieved!

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
02/07/2019
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Don't miss this rare and exciting opportunity to see the Minneapolis riverfront transformed, as engineers draw down the water level near the St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam!

Brown's Creek Watershed District
02/04/2019
Brown's Creek Watershed District

Brown's Creek Watershed District

Another benefit of the deep freeze last week- some invasive species will be slowed in their spread into Minnesota

Freshwater Society
02/01/2019

Freshwater Society

Thank you to the many awesome partners, collaborators and sponsors supporting the Road Salt Symposium next week: Fortin Consulting; MNLTAP with Center for Transportation Studies - University of Minnesota; Iteris, Inc.; Metropolitan Council; FORCE America, Inc.; Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization; West Mississippi; Capitol Region Watershed District; WSB; Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District; Coon Creek Watershed District; Elm Creek Watershed Management Organization; Lower MN River Water Shed District; Minnehaha Creek Watershed District; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Mississippi Watershed Management Organization; Nine Mile Creek Watershed District; Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District; Rice Creek Watershed District; and South Washington Watershed District. #SaltyWater #SmartSalting #RSS2019

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
02/01/2019

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

A little habitat goes a long way! This big buck found himself a peaceful corner of a raingarden at The Guild, a #northmpls woodworking co-op, to relax in this morning. This is a heavily industrial area of the city. Several years ago we helped The Guild rebuild their landscape with a variety of stormwater features and native plant landscaping. It just goes to show how important every little bit of habitat is to our local wildlife. (Thanks to The Guild for sharing this great photo!)

Learn more about The Guild's landscaping project on our website: https://www.mwmo.org/projects/fourth-street-guild/

Hennepin Environment
01/06/2019

Hennepin Environment

When the snow and ice melts in warmer weather, rock salt (which contains sodium chloride) goes with it, washing into our groundwater, streams, lakes, and rivers. Now back to freezing temps, remember: more salt does not mean more melting -- apply less and sweep up extra. Our environment thanks you for it! (Image from our friends at Clean Water MN)

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