MPCA begins water monitoring
■ MPCA begins water quality monitoring field work
Monitoring crews from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) are beginning the seventh of a 10-year effort to assess the condition of rivers, streams, and lakes in Minnesota. This work is funded by the Clean Water Fund from the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008.
The majority of this summer’s monitoring activities will take place in on nine of Minnesota’s 81 major watersheds. A team based in Brainerd will work in the Marsh River, Wild Rice River, Clearwater River, Upper and Lower Red Lakes, and Rainy River-Headwaters watersheds. A St. Paul-based team will work in the Lower Minnesota River, Des Moines River-Headwaters, Lower Des Moines River, and East Fork Des Moines River watersheds.
The teams will combine efforts to conduct a survey of the Minnesota River mainstem, from its source in western Minnesota to its confluence with the Mississippi River in St. Paul.
Each watershed is comprised of a network of interconnected streams, lakes, and wetlands. The intent of this monitoring effort is to develop a complete picture of conditions of the various water bodies within each watershed.
For more information about these monitoring program activities, visit the MPCA’s water quality condition monitoring web page.
■ Brainerd Public Library to
offer gardening class May 13
Master Gardener JoAnn Weaver will present Growing Great Vegetables noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library. Learn how to grow a productive vegetable garden that provides delicious eating, a boost to a household budget and an attractive landscape. The class will cover basics of planning and planting a high-yield, Zone 3 vegetable garden.
The University of Minnesota Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners will offer free Master Gardener presentations at the Brainerd Public through December of 2014. Monthly presentations facilitated by certified university Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners will discuss subjects ranging from garden tools to gourds.
Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information.
Master Gardening Jackie Froemming will present “Water Wisely: Recommended Practices” at noon June 10 at the library. For information on either class or to register by calling 829-5574.
■ Youth boat and water
safety classes offered
The Gull Chain of Lakes Association (GCOLA) in conjunction with Cass and Crow Wing County Water Patrols, DNR Enforcement and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer is again sponsoring two boat and water safety classes for all youths ages 12 to 17.
According to Minnesota state law, all teens 13-17 years old are required to have a permit to operate a personal watercraft and all youth ages 12-17 must have a permit to operate a boat with a motor of over 25 horsepower. This class will cover all rules and regulations, and provide all participants hands-on boat operation training as well.
This class qualifies participants for the required permits. GCOLA will give participants a life jacket. The sheriff’s office strongly recommends that all young people in this age bracket take the class.
The class will be offered June 11 and June 27 at Zorbaz Restaurant located on County Road 77 in Lake Shore.
Class starts at 8:30 a.m. Zorbaz will provide lunch for participants at no cost. Class size is limited.
All who are interested should call Mary Kay Larson at the Corps of Engineers for details and pre-registration at 651-290-5770.