CURE's bi-monthly newsletter
July 9, 2014 


CURE's ongoing Groundwater 101 blog series will first introduce you to basic groundwater hydrology; then we will discuss rural communities' interactions with groundwater, especially in the context of the highly agricultural Minnesota River watershed; and finally we will look at the role that governmental agencies and policies have in shaping the state of groundwater resources in the state of Minnesota. As they are published, the installments will be featured in our biweekly newsletter and on our blog. 


Groundwater is a big deal. That much is clear. When 75% of Minnesotans turn on the tap, groundwater comes out. About 30% of the world's freshwater is groundwater. And plentiful, clean water is a key component of Minnesotan identity, even as lake levels drop, wells run dry, and seasonal floods cost the state millions of dollars.  

Read on...

Blog post by Ariel Herrod, Watershed Sustainability Program Coordinator.


To find out what a BioBlitz is and how you can help out, click here!
By systematically surveying the grasslands in the area, this BioBlitz will provide a "before" image of the state of the ecosystem, develop some data, and connect a larger community of prairie neighbors, including the birds, bats, plants, frogs, insects, and larger mammals. 
Contact the Land Stewardship Project's Robin Moore at 320-269-2105 or [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering. You can also sign up as a volunteer here. Our goal is to have 100+ people come out for this event, so bring a friend and/or your entire family! 
The Land Stewardship Project, the Chippewa River Watershed Project and Clean Up the River Environment are co-sponsoring this event. 

Explore a Prairie Watershed:

Photography and Paddling at Glacial Lakes State Park


On Sunday, July 13, two Master Naturalists and CURE RiverKeepers will be collaborating to bring you a day of awesome outdoor learning at Glacial Lakes State ParkIn the morning, area photographer John G. White will share advice on capturing the beauty of the prairie through digital photography on a hike co-led with this year's RiverKeeper Kylene Olson. The hike will take you through Glacial Lakes State Park, a unique and beautiful area with one of the very few remaining stretches of Minnesota's native prairie.

In the afternoon, Kylene and John will lead a paddle on Signalness Lake, an amazing 56 acres of clear, clean waters-a testament to the natural state of the lake's watershed, all of which is contained within the park.

Please register for the morning photography hike and afternoon paddle separately, and plan to bring a bagged lunch if you want to participate in both.  


CURE Board member Don Robertson will be leading a paddle on the Minnesota River on Saturday, July 26.  The exact location will be determined the week before the paddle to accomodate changing water levels, but regardless, this trip will give you an opportunity to explore the river that inspired CURE's founding 22 years ago.  Furthermore, Don is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Oyate, and he will be sharing stories about the importance of Minnesota River to the Dakota people. 

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Simon Lake BioBlitz 2014
Date: Saturday, July 12
Time: 8 AM - 5 PM
Location: Simon Lake Area
PHOTOGRAPHY: Digital Photography with John White on the Prairie of Glacial Lakes
Date: Sunday, July 13
Time: 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Glacial Lake State Park
PADDLE: Glacial Lakes State Park with John White & Kylene Olson
Date: Sunday, July 13
Time: 1:30 PM - 4 PM
Location: Glacial Lake State Park

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