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Road Salt and Water Quality (September 26, 2017)
Did you know it only takes one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water? Once salt has entered the water, there is no way to remove it and it continues to accumulate. High levels of chlorides can harm fish, aquatic plants,...

Chain of Lakes Partnership (September 13, 2017)
This is the sixth in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed. The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes are among the most visited natural resources in the state. Millions of people come to the shores of these lakes each year to enjoy their...

Going Native with Shoreline Restoration (August 22, 2017)
Shoreline restoration may not be a top concern for most congregations, but for members of Colonial Church in Edina, it is a priority in maintaining the extensive grounds that include ponds, raised gardens, and fruit trees?all cultivated on land...

The effort to improve water quality in Lake Minnetonka in the 1970s and 1980s (August 15, 2017)
This is the fifth in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed. It's hard to imagine now, but for most of the 20th century more than a half-...

What?s in a Ribbet? Frogtown Frogs Signal Environmental Health (July 25, 2017)
Few sounds herald spring (and environmental health) more audibly than ribbeting frogs. But such sounds had grown scarce in the formerly marshy area of St. Paul known as Frogtown – bordered by...

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