Steve has lived near Lanesboro for 17 years. He has also been an MPCA volunteer stream monitor for Gribben Creek for 14 years. “The reason I volunteer for these jobs,” he explains, “is that I have a great love for all things outdoors.” Steve also worked for many years as a part-time Natural Resource Conservation Service officer.
Steve lives on 11 acres of land in the creek’s watershed. When he bought the land it was highly erodible and losing top soil. Over the years he’s added windbreaks, native prairie, and grassland buffers. He’s also enrolled his property in Conservation Reserve and Wildlife Habitat programs. He explains that this work “pretty well stopped soil run off from our place.”
“Working as I have as a citizen water monitor for 14 seasons, I became very aware that our ecology is very fragile. I’ve come to believe we are only borrowing it for our lifetimes, and we should leave it in the best condition we can for generations to come. Our very lives depend on clean air, water, and rich tillable soil for our food sources.”