CURE's bi-monthly newsletter
July 23, 2014 


This is the second part in a multipart series called Groundwater 101.  Groundwater 101 provides the foundation for a good working understanding of groundwater-the source of drinking water for 75% of Minnesotans.  There are three goals of this blog series: first, to introduce the basic science behind groundwater; secondly, to explore the impacts that agriculture can have on groundwater, especially in and around the Minnesota River Watershed; and thirdly, to summarize the role that government policies and agencies play in shaping our groundwater resources.  Happy learning!


Blog post by Ariel Herrod, Watershed Sustainability Program Coordinator.  


On July 12, some 40-50 people gathered in a white tent between Sheep Berry Fen Preserve and managed grazing lands.  They had come for the Simon Lake BioBlitz: a day of neighborly connection, nature nerdery, and some good old fashioned fresh air, and they were not disappointed. 

Read more & view photos of the event...

Blog post by Ariel Herrod, Watershed Sustainability Program Coordinator.  


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. 


A survey released by the MPCA is an important reminder about what Minnesotans do (and don't) know about water quality.  At CURE, we're happy to see that 98% of respondents said that lakes and rivers are an important aspect of life in Minnesota, setting a solid foundation for engagement.  However, 42% said that they are "not at all knowledgeable" about water quality issues; this motivates us to continue doing our work.  


Overall, it seems that Minnesotans are most concerned about direct impacts on human health, such as safe-to-eat fish and safe-to-drink water, reminding all of us that environmental concerns are also directly linked to human well-being, something we should all be able to get behind. For more information about the report, read the Star Tribune article here. 

 Attend a public hearing this week in Minneapolis.

July 24, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
DoubleTree Bloomington-MSP South,

7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55439


The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is holding a series of public meetings to take comment on their eagle taking permitting process. One of the meetings is this week in Minneapolis on Thursday, July 24th.


Topics such as permit duration, management objectives, programmatic permit conditions, criteria for eagle nest removal, compensatory mitigation, and low-risk project category will be highlighted at public input meetings. You may also submit written comments electronically or via mail

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PADDLE: The Minnesota River with Don Robertson
Date: Saturday, July 26
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: Minnesota River
ACTION Opportunity: MN River Clean Up near Kinney Landing
Date: Saturday, Sept. 13
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: Kinney Landing on Hwy. 67 near Granite Falls
FIELD DAY: Mussels with Bernard Sietman
Date: Saturday, Sept. 20
Time: 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Pomme de Terre River

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Events within our network...

Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 AM to 12 PM
Lac Qui Parle State Park
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