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Lunch with a scientist, naturalist, or maybe dinner

Who would you prefer to lunch with? A Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve scientist? A Wargo Nature Center naturalist? Or maybe you’d prefer dinner at Springbrook Nature Center to discover what’s new and happening in science, nature and our community. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” […]

Natural Resources Field Trip

Registration is open now for all 4th and 5th Grade Classrooms to the Natural Resource Field Trip where youth can engage in environmental education in a natural, outdoor setting. When: April 29 – May 3, 2019 Where:  Bunker Hills Regional Park, Andover How: Visit our informational flyer (PDF) to register online or mail us your registration by filling out the […]

Order Trees and Shrubs Now for Spring Planting

The Anoka Conservation District is accepting preorders for the annual Tree and Shrub Sale.  The District offers a wide variety of native stock, including black cherry trees, mixed oak trees, red maple trees, and white pine trees. The trees and shrubs are sold in bare root seedlings or transplants and most are 10″ to 24″ in height. They […]

Anoka Co. highway presents its stormwater pollution prevention plan

The Anoka County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) outlines how the County will reduce pollution in storm water runoff from highways and properties. The Plan was presented at a public information meeting (December 4, 2018) where public feedback was welcome and planning staff were available to respond to questions. A copy of the SWPPP is […]

Homeowner septic and well education webinar

Webinar (click to register) The University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program with the Minnesota Department of Health Well Management Program are offering a FREE septic system and private well education webinar (2 hours). Thursday, November 15, 2018, 1:30 to 3:30pm This class will cover the basics of how septic systems function, well water testing, and […]

Workshop on drinking water protection and environmental health for local officials and realtors

This free three–hour workshop on environmental topics is relevant to realtors, appraisers and local government officials (e.g. building officials, community development staff, public works superintendents and reference librarians).  The workshop will include presentations on: Minnesota Well Index database of water wells; Anoka County Wellhead Protection map application (Guide); Well and Septic Loans for well and […]

Your watershed neighborhood

It’s there to see but we don’t recognize it for what it is… a watershed. We know the neighborhood and community where we live. Do you know your watershed neighborhood? A watershed is the area where rain and snow-melt flows-off the land collecting in surface water bodies (e.g. Rum River, Coon Creek, Rice Creek, etc.). A watershed […]

Organics recycling

What are organics? Organics are the biodegradable portion of trash that can be composted at a commercial composting facility that includes: all food scraps such as leftovers, peelings and spoiled food soiled, non-recyclable papers such as facial tissue, paper towels, paper napkins and delivery pizza boxes certified compostable products such as compostable tableware and bags […]

Parking lot snow being removed (MPCA photo)

Smart Salting for environmental & economic savings

It takes 1 teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water. Each winter, tons of salt is spread on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. Most of it ends up in lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater. Anoka County’s lakes and rivers are getting saltier, which harms the fish, bugs, and other organisms living in […]

Natural heritage advisory committee accepting applicants for membership

Citizens with a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests and wetlands and the wildlife in them are invited to apply by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 for a key advisory board. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking people to fill four vacancies on the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage. Appointees will […]

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