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Anoka County Parks

Apply for a aquatic invasive species prevention grant to keep Anoka County waters

Anoka County Parks and Community Services wants to partner with lakeshore owners, lake associations and communities to protect our lakes, streams and rivers from aquatic invasive species. The Anoka County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Grant application window will soon be closing on June 30, 2017. It is a first come, first serve grant and once […]

Plans for a better future for the Rum River

A pair of water quality studies are good news, bad news for the Rum River watershed that starts at Lake Mille Lacs and flows through Anoka County where it meets the Mississippi River in the City of Anoka. While most of river is in good shape, some waters are in trouble. Six streams have high bacteria […]

Bee Pollenator

Contest to protect pollinators is good for water too

Announcing the Andover pollinator friendly garden/landscape contest (enter by July 10th). See if your Andover property is the garden/landscape that pollinators love most! Then, take a tour around the city and see the various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and an example of ways to bee in harmony with nature. Andover has established, by  proclamation, recognizing the need and […]


Well Water Wise (3W) week (May 8-12, 2017) test your home/cabin well

(Update, May 11, 2017) Springbrook Nature Center (Fridley) has joined to distribute kits for well water testing and to promote safe drinking water for all Anoka County residents.  (UPDATE, May 7, 2017) Wargo Nature Center (Lino Lakes) has joined to distribute kits for well water testing and to promote safe drinking water for all Anoka County residents. […]

Andover Water Pledge Medal

Andover will defend it’s 2016 first place victory for water conservation

Andover Mayor Julie Trude has accepted the challenge to repeat Andover’s 2016 win in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Andover placed first in the nation for water conservation pledges made by residents and businesses in April 2016. Mayor Trude said that Andover is currently second in the 2017 pledge standing, but there is a long […]

National Fix A Leak Week (US EPA)

Fix-A-Leak Week (March 20-26, 2017)

Get into Fix-A-Leak Week. Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. But remember that you can check your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money all year long. Water efficiency is […]

Rain Barrel (image)

Order your rain barrel & compost bin to recycle rainwater and reduce waste

Have you noticed a river of rainwater run down your driveway into the gutter, ditch, or storm sewer? Collecting rain-soft roof runoff in a barrel is a good way to reuse/conserve high quality water. Rain barrels have been around for thousands of years, but today people are re-discovering that they also protect our local water while saving money on […]

National Ground Water Awareness Week (logo)

How well is your drinking water?

Nearly everyone in Anoka County depends on groundwater. Private well owners must take measures to regularly test their drinking water. Municipal water users must cooperate to protect the source of the community’s water from pollution. That includes protecting the groundwater that is drawn into private (home) and public (municipal) supply wells. National Groundwater Awareness Week (March […]

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Monitoring and maintaining oxygen levels in area lakes

Over the winter, lakes experience a decrease in dissolved oxygen (DO) levels that can lead to reduced numbers of fish that survive until spring. The concentration of DO in lake water varies from year to year based on winter conditions including when the lake freezes over and how soon (and how long) it is covered by a […]

MnTAP - Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (logo)

Great summer intern opportunity – Water Conservation

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is looking for six metro businesses to host science and engineering interns focused on water conservation projects. MnTAP is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy […]

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