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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 county 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 […]

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 […]

Efforts to save water are making a difference

The Mississippi and Rum rivers, Coon Lake, Lake George, Rice Creek Chain of Lake, creeks, groundwater and wetlands are essential to life and our economic vitality. The quality of our natural waters is an asset that must be protected to ensure that our water supply is safe and plentiful in the future. “We have had […]

SepticSmart Week

SepticSmart Week (September 17th through 21st, 2018). It isn’t difficult to maintain a septic system. Just like a wastewater treatment plant, homeowners have to maintain their system in good condition to keep it working right. All it takes is regular maintenance. During SepticSmart Week homeowners are reminded to pump their septic tank(s) every 2 years and […]

4th graders: get your free pass to national parks

Every Kid in a Park is a national initiative to engage and create supporters and advocates of nature’s environment and provide an appreciation of America’s history and culture. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for every child across the country to experience America’s public lands and waters in person throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Parents, […]

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