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Four simple steps to protect lake water quality


Want to make a difference by protecting lake water quality?

Crow Wing County reports there are four simple things people can do to help the health of surface waters:

■ Manage runoff with landscaping. Use rain gardens, berms, natural depressions to collect water and trap pollutants before they reach the water. Roots absorb nutrients and slow erosion. Berms can direct runoff to a rain garden.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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