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Get a rain barrel & compost bin to recycle rainwater and reduce waste

Have you noticed a river of rainwater running down your driveway into the gutter, ditch, or storm sewer? Collecting rain-soft water is a good way to conserve and reuse high quality water. Rain barrels have been around for thousands of years. They also protect our local water while saving money on water bills and having a ready source of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making organizations “lean” through efficient water use

Make water efficiency part of your organization’s lean mission to keep operating costs down as you grow. Make it a point of pride in conserving natural resources and protecting your water resources. It’s smart business. The water meter bill is only part of the cost.  Metro area sewer fees are based on water use. Becoming water […]

East Moore Lake named top ‘Mom Approved’ lake

East Moore Lake in Fridley named one of the top 50 ‘Mom Approved’ lakes. Fishing fun for all ages and abilities is close to anyone in Anoka County, where four lakes and two rivers have easy-to-reach piers, family-friendly settings and fishing for bluegill and catfish through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fishing in the […]

Rain + high heat brings algal blooms to lakes and ponds

When the summer sun shines and temperatures climb, conditions are ripe for ponds and lakes to produce harmful algal blooms (HAB). Most algae are harmless, but under the right conditions, certain types of algae can pose health risks. People and animals may become sick if they come into contact with or ingest affected water. In […]

Community water quality reports are available

Annual Water Report. Each year, community water suppliers prepare a report on the results of water quality tests of their water system in the previous year. The 2017 water quality reports summarize testing results for Jan 1 to December 31. The reports describe where the drinking water comes from and what’s in it. Groundwater, from wells, is […]

Floodplain maps go digital in Anoka County

No one can be certain where and when the next flood will happen. Floods can be devastating for Anoka County communities, homeowners and businesses. Determining and mapping the flood vulnerable areas is an important step in locating buildings, utilities, roads and flood controls to protect lives and property. Anoka County communities have teamed with state […]

Fish consumption guidelines

Anoka County is in the heart of the land of 10,000 lakes and some excellent fishing.  But how much do you know about the fish? Most fish in Minnesota are safe to eat.  All the fish in Anoka County lakes and rivers are safe to eat.  But, too much fish may not be healthy. The Minnesota […]

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