Dairy’s quality efforts encompass milk, environmental stewardship
Jennifer Ender has her hand on the pulse of rivers in southeast Minnesota. As a pollution control specialist for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, she checks the health of several rivers and contributing streams twice a month.
Long-haul trucker Paul Ahles installed a new auxiliary power unit to provide heating/cooling and electricity without having to idle the truck's big engine. Ahles' investment saves him an estimated $500 per month!
Communication, cooperation contribute to detailed action plan for West Fork Des Moines River watershed.
An alliance of local, state and federal agencies is starting to see the results of their efforts to protect and restore the waters of southeast Minnesota, where bacteria levels have dropped in two rivers.
With the start-up of Willmar’s new wastewater treatment plant in 2010, one of the Minnesota River's largest sources of phosphorus is being greatly reduced.
In western Minnesota, the Chippewa River 10 Percent Project encourages farmers to increase the planting of grasses and other crops to protect water quality.
Dennis Distad and Phil Tennis have spent the last 20 years working to protect water quality in Freeborn County. Through their efforts, every mile of the 350 miles of public ditches in the county will have grass strips that filter rain and snow melt running off farm fields.