Friday, May 12, 2017

A New Watershed Governance Model

After numerous consultations between the Minnesota River Congress Management Committee, Action Board and Programs and Initiatives Interest Network Team leader Tim Gieseke, we have voted unanimously at the Action Board level and collectively agreed to embark on taking the beginning steps toward developing an exciting new approach to Watershed Governance.  In order to begin to understand exactly what it is we are engaging in you will need to read the material in this blog.  

We welcome your feedback.
​   Tim will be on hand at the next full Minnesota River Congress session in Redwood Falls to discuss this new exciting initiative.  Hope you can make it, here is the link to registration. ​

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Participate in The 8th Minnesota River Congress!

Minnesota River System supporters from the entire basin are coming together for the next full session of the Minnesota River Congress being held in Redwood Falls on the 18th of May. Be sure to register today

WHO: Everyone who cares about an inviting inclusive citizen-led Minnesota River improvement movement and those willing to act to improve it.

WHAT: The 8th Minnesota River Congress will present the biggest issues regarding the entire river system.  We will also explore the most significant things which have been accomplished, actions that are needed to improve conditions and how you can help. 
4:30 PM until 6 PM Networking Fair New this session, 5-minute rotating presentations from organizations/agencies/businesses who will have booth displays.  New, a public comment suggestion box.  Bring your materials and let’s catch up on each other’s work! (Booth fee per organization/agency is $30, register at:

5 P.M. Social Hr​

6:00 Meal served

6:30 Opening remarks 25% reduction in pollution by 2020 Congress organizers, state legislators

7:00 The State of the River: Past, Present and Future  
History of progress in the Minnesota River Basin Kim Musser, Water Resources Center, MSU, Mankato
Casein the Basin: What we have learned and what you need to know about water quality, pollutant sources, and delivery dynamics within the Basin, Pat Baskfield, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Doing Our Part: 4 Farmer Panel
​ (Warren Formo Moderator)​

Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program  
Collaborative for Sediment Source Reduction Karen Gran UMD,
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance actions, Clark Lingbeek
CREP history and Its Future in the Minnesota River Basin, John Jaschke, Board of Water and Soil Resources
8:55 Adjourn
Cost: $20 per person. Young adults under 19 or with a college ID for free. Please make checks payable to CCMR (Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River)PO Box 488, New Ulm, MN 56073
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Scott Sparlin,

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Minnesota River Questionnaire

Minnesota River Congress past participants and interested parties:  Please take a few moments and help us to go forward as we move into defined and refined actions.  Your answers will help assess current actions and identify needs and missing activities.  Feel free to share with others.  Email or send hard copy to: Questionnaire PO Box 488 New Ulm MN 56072

Minnesota River Congress
Interest Network Team Member Questionnaire
1.      What actions, interactions and/or activities have you personally been involved with that have a connection to water quantity, water quality or recreation in the Minnesota River System over the last year and a half?  Such as:  I worked with a land owner on planning and implementing a bio-reactor project.  I organized and conducted a meeting of new individuals interested in kayaking and canoeing on our area rivers.  I helped to raise public awareness of current river system conditions at a public meeting as one of the facilitators.      (Be as specific as you need to be, but try to be succinct also.  Use a separate sheet of paper if needed to fully answer all the questions)

2.      What plans for future actions, interactions and/or activities are you working on?  Where are, they located?

3.      Are there actions you could use assistance or support for?  If so, are there specific actions you feel one or more of our Interest Network Team members would be able to assist with?

4.       If yes, and if you are you willing to share what those actions are and what would they specifically involve, then would you please share the details with us, so our Liaisons and team leaders can facilitate and foster assistance and communications to help you accomplish those varied actions.

5.    What challenges if any have you experienced?

6.    What has expedited your progress?