p>There is so much more to the SWCD than what you read in your local newspaper. Some of this "behind the scenes" information is not known until the year is over, the numbers are finalized, and the impact on the county is analyzed. This kind of information can be found in the SWCD's annual report.
Last week, readers got to know the Kettle River and its watershed. This week, we'll look at two of the river's more unusual residents: lake sturgeon and wild rice. Monitoring work and projects in the watershed, done by the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and other organizations, will help to protect and preserve the watershed's clean water and greatly benefit these two popular residents.
Eighty major watersheds cover every square inch of the whole state of Minnesota. Carlton County has multiple watersheds within its boundaries, each one unique: The Mississippi River-Grand Rapids Watershed drains the northwest portion of Carlton County; the St. Louis River Watershed drains the northeast part; the Nemadji River Watershed drains the middle- and southeastern portions, and the fourth, the Kettle River Watershed, drains the middle and southwestern part of Carlton County.
Frank Liupakka was honored and thanked for working with the SWCD to protect their shoreline and stream, according to Kelly Smith, Carlton SWCD conservation technician.
The stream would then have a series of small waterfalls with a little pools at the base of each waterfall. The impact would be comparable to driving over a bumpy road. You (and the water) will be forced to slow down and "rest" after each bump. To help stabilize the banks along the river, plus create better habitat, most stream restoration projects also include laying down erosion control mats, or blankets, and planting grasses, plants, and trees.
At the Envirothon, the student teams cycled through six different learning stations. At five of the stations — Forestry, Soils, Water Quality, Wildlife, and Current Events (a current environmental topic that changes each year) — the students were given a short presentation on that subject by several natural resource professionals who used the outdoors as well as their own props to add to the learning. Teams were then given a 20-point exam relating to that station's topic.
Bats. Just hearing the word makes many of us start screaming, covering our heads and running for shelter. But bats aren't bad. They are amazing and important — but very misunderstood — little creatures! First, let's deal with those myths about bats. No, bats aren't dirty. They are actually very clean and groom themselves just like cats. In addition, the bacteria in bat guano (feces) is actually helpful in improving soaps and antibiotics.
As part of the Matinee Musicale Series, “The Dotys” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. Karl Doty is the son of Jeanne and Dan Doty of Moose Lake and the grandson of Alyce Santa of Duluth. The whole family are staunch Finns. Karl, a bassist, and his wife, Liesl, a violinist and fiddler, are both known as outstanding performers and have performed all over the world.
The end of each year is a traditional time for looking back and celebrating the year's accomplishments and progress. It is also the traditional time to look forward to the...
From aquatics to forestry, invasive species to land management, soils to water resources, population growth to mining, Wester's class projects cover wide and varied subjects in unusual, innovative ways, some using extensive external resources, and all designed to interest her students and ignite the "spark" of learning and understanding.