Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Third Minnesota River Congress


Register today to participate in the third Minnesota River Congress!

Everyone is invited to the third Minnesota River Congress Thursday, April 16 at Turner Hall in New Ulm. Building on previous congress meetings, June 19 and Oct. 30 and six regional meetings, the third congress will decide on a mission, organizational structure, objectives, guiding principles and ground rules for all sessions and meetings. A networking fair begins at 4:30 p.m.

Citizens and organizations focused on Minnesota River natural and economic environments have been working on a citizen-led entity that is inviting and all inclusive for the many different groups active in the Minnesota River Valley, including agriculture, industry, natural resources, recreation, economic development, tourism, all levels of government, faith communities, first nations, and watershed organizations.

This congress will focus on the important tasks of voting for a mission, prioritizing purpose statements, action board structure building, sharing of guiding principles and ground rules for all sessions and meetings.

Cost per person is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Networking booth space is available on a limited basis and is $30 per table. If you wish to attend only the 7 PM session you are very welcome to do so. Checks made to CCMR can be mailed to PO Box 488, New Ulm, MN 56073.

Click here to register for the event.

Click here to register for an organizational networking fair table.

If you are registering to table, please register individually as well. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. Tabling costs $30. We hope you can join us!

For more information, contact Scott Sparlin, 507-276-2280, yasure@lycos.com.

Minnesota River Valley Congress schedule
April 16, 2015, Turner Hall, 102 S. State St., New Ulm:
• 4:30-6 p.m. – Networking Fair-displays by organizations, Turner Hall.
• 6 p.m. – Buffet dinner (build your own burger bar).
• 6:45 p.m. – Review results from first two congress events.
• 7 p.m. – Group discussion and decision-making.
• 9 p.m. – Adjourn.
 

Monday, February 09, 2015

Excerpt from River Currents February 2015 Newsletter



Excerpt from MPCA's River Currents February 2015 Newsletter

Committee prepares for next step of Minnesota River basin organization

A group of volunteers met Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Henderson Community Center to begin working on organizing principles, studying summaries of the previous two Minnesota River congress events, and drafting mission and vision statements for a Minnesota River organization. These will be developed as recommendations for discussion and voting at a third congress in late March or early April.
More than 20 people from various organizations and interests volunteered to serve on an organizing team. At the Jan. 27 meeting they worked on crafting mission and vision statements that embody the purpose of a basin-wide organization. They also favored a name change, such as Minnesota River Council. The organizing team will meet again in February at Henderson. Final decisions will be made by all participants at the next full congress meeting.
Organizers believe there’s a need for a citizen-led entity that is inviting and all inclusive for the many different groups active in the Minnesota River Valley, including agriculture, industry, natural resources, recreation, economic development, tourism, all levels of government, faith communities, first nations, and watershed organizations. Top actions and initiatives identified at the congress meeting included: Political action or lobbying, conservation actions, communication, and education. For more information, contact Scott Sparlin, 507-276-2280, yasure@lycos.com; or Ted Suss, (507) 828-3377, tedsuss@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Freshwater Society Speaker Event: Sediment, science, and stakeholders: clearing the muddy waters of the Minnesota River

Freshwater Society Moos Family Speaker Series on Water Resources presents:



Sediment, science, and stakeholders:  clearing the muddy waters of the Minnesota River
The Minnesota River cuts a wide valley through southern Minnesota before merging with the Mississippi River. It crosses fertile lands and transports high volumes of sediment. The geologic history of the Minnesota River makes it a large source of sediment, but land use choices and climate changes have greatly increased the amount of sediment. What can be done about the negative effects on water quality and loss of private crop land?

Join us for a fascinating and timely lecture by Dr. Peter Wilcock, Head of the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. Dr. Wilcock has been leading a study of the river and will discuss how technology is used to identify and evaluate our options so Minnesota can clear up the muddy waters of the Minnesota River.
  
Choose your date: 
January 20, 7 pm, the U of MN - St Paul Student Center
January 21, 3 pm, City Center Hotel, Mankato 
Register here

Sponsored by: Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts