Help us protect your favorite spots in Minnesota's Great Outdoors

On a beautiful summer afternoon, I nervously squeezed my kayak paddle a little too tightly as my fellow paddlers and I gathered at the top of the rapids.  For a couple of us, it was our first time kayaking this restored stretch of the Minnesota River since the Minnesota Falls Dam had been removed. We were both apprehensive and very excited.


For two in the group, it was their second time on this stretch of the Minnesota River, and they were the ones that had pushed us to try this route.  Their stories about discovering new favorite spots along the river inspired me.  I admired their adventurousness, and the way they had taken to exploring this natural playground like fish to water.


All the same, though I had photographed and recorded the progress of the removal of Minnesota Falls Dam 2 years ago, I had never had the guts to actually get in the water along this stretch.  The dam's removal had brought back the river's historic rapids, and as we now dilly-dallied at the top of the run, I tried to control my mini-panic attacks.


Yet my friends guided me on, and each of us paddled our way through to the cheers of everyone else.  We all made it through safely with smiles on our faces, water in our kayaks, and thrilling stories to share.


Over the summer, my two daring friends continued to share their favorite paddling spots on the Minnesota River with others.  For all of us that experienced a new place to kayak, we left with stories and the desire to bring someone new to that spot. 


CURE's work protects favorite spots in nature that you can share with friends and family.  Working together, we can protect the rivers, lakes, and prairies that we love. Help us move Minnesota toward a future with clean water, clean air, and healthy ecosystems.  We depend on your support.


Thank you,
Sarina Otaibi
Director of Communications and Engagement

Article by Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune.

In the headwaters of the Lac qui Parle River, a small town and its neighbors have invested millions to clean up Lake Hendricks.  This investment in natural resources has helped to revitalize the town, bringing in new residents and further funds for infrastructure development.  

All of this is threatened, however, by a 4,000-cow dairy proposed just across the boarder in South Dakota.  Citizens on both side of the border are worried about the impact this CAFO will have on their lake, and therefore, their community.  

The Minnesota Public Drainage Manual has no regulatory standing, but it is widely used by practitioners throughout the state--and it hasn't been updated in more than 20 years.  So the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is kicking off a 18-month revision process this December by holding three Stakeholder Focus Groups.  This presents an opportunity for us to--among other things--encourage BWSR to include a chapter on drainage best management practices, something that is sorely missing from the current manual.
  • For more information about the Stakeholder Focus Groups, click here.
  • For more information about Drainage and BWSR, click here.

Timelapse: Xcel Energy's Minnesota Falls Dam Removal Project
Timelapse: Xcel Energy's Minnesota Falls Dam Removal Project

Two years ago this month, the Minnesota Falls Dam removal project by Xcel Energy commenced. For many people, it has been both apprehensive and exciting to watch this restored section of the Minnesota transform over time. 


Give the gift of membership
Gift memberships makes a great holiday gift for friends and family. We now have gift membership forms available on CURE's website that you can fill out and email to us, mail-in, or drop-off.

Benefits of a CURE membership include:

  • Your membership becomes your voice on important issues around climate, energy and water.
  • RIVER VOICE is a bi-monthly e-newsletter keeping you up to date on current issues that impact climate, energy and water.
  • Invitations to participate in calls to action around advocacy work around issues important to the work we do.
  • Access to our Events & Adventures Programming that covers topical issues around topics such as soil health, water quality and outdoor recreational programming.
  • Members have access to reserve our canoes and kayaks upon availability.
  • Most importantly, members belong to a larger network of like-minded individuals that collectively work towards improving the overall health of the Minnesota River Basin.
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