Open house on Minnesota River Basin studies – Mankato

When: July 31, 4-7 p.m. with informal presentations at 4:30 and 6 p.m.  (drop in anytime)
Who: Anyone interested in a healthier Minnesota River
Where: Sibley Park Pavilion, Sibley Park, 900 Park Lane, Mankato
Why: Review and provide comments on multiple Minnesota River basin studies (including the Watonwan, Middle Minnesota, and Lower Minnesota), and discuss how we can all work to improve water quality.

MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop at Farmfest

When: Tuesday, August 6 – 1:15 p.m.
Who: Commissioner Bishop will be part of a panel discussion on “The state of rural Minnesota and the agriculture industry in Minnesota”
Where: Farmfest
For more details: Minnesota Farmfest

Showcase of farm BMPs for soil health and water quality

When: Wednesday, August 28 – 12:30 p.m., complementary lunch provided
Who: MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop will present Greg Entinger with his Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification
Where: Greg Entinger's farm at 13821 300th St., New Prague, MN  56071
Why: Best management practices (BMPs) help increase soil health, reduce erosion, reduce fertilizer and other costs, bump up yields, and help improve water quality downstream. Attendees will hear from Greg Entinger about the practices he's adopted to improve soil health and protect water quality. As part of the public notice for several Minnesota River Basin studies, the MPCA and MDA are highlighting farm practices that can help keep soil on the land and out of rivers.
RSVP: By Friday, August 23 to Cathy Rofshus, MPCA. Seating is limited.

Boat tour of Lower Minnesota River

When: Wednesday, August 28 – 3:30-7:30 p.m., complimentary box dinner provided
Who: Tour presented by the Savage Chamber of Commerce, Lower Minnesota River Watershed District, and MPCA
Where: Minnesota River, from Savage to St. Paul. Meet at CHS, 6200 W. Highway 13 in Savage
Why: The Minnesota River from Savage to St. Paul is the corridor through which most of the grain in the basin gets to market, via barge traffic. This tour will look at the commercial side of the river, and how environmental factors influence that use of the river.
Details and RSVP: Savage Chamber of Commerce. Seating is limited.

Open house on draft MN River Basin and Lake Pepin TMDLs

When:  Thursday, August 29 – 4-7 p.m.
Who: Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance and others interested in improving Lake Pepin
Where: Lake City Sportsmen’s Club, 2200 S. Oak St., Lake City, MN 55041
Why: MPCA staff will summarize the studies on the Minnesota River, its tributaries, Lake Pepin, and how they all fit together, focusing on the impact of sediment from the Minnesota River to Lake Pepin.