Tuesday, March 27, 2007

April Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held on April 17th, 2007 (Tuesday) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the New Century Charter School in Hutchinson. The school is located at 45 W. Highland Park Dr. NE on the campus of Hutchinson Technology Inc.

Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with food, drink and time to network with others working, living and playing in the Minnesota River Watershed. The meeting will start right at 7 o’clock and we strive to wrap up the formal discussion by 9 p.m.

If you have any questions please contact Scott Kudelka at 507-389-2304 or scott.kudelka@mnsu.edu.

The focus of our efforts in 2007 is to raise funds to enroll an additional 15,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program or CREP. Restored prairie, wetlands and forested areas improve water quality and provide additional wildlife habitat, along with offering agriculture producers’ a chance to remove marginal farmland from production.

In addition to the CREP fundraising effort, the Alliance members discussed a wide range of subjects at the January 23rd meeting. Topics:
Ø How productive conservation utilizes perennial crops to improve water quality,
Ø The Minnesota River Turbidity TMDL Study continues to move forward,
Ø Rain gardens are being installed in New Auburn to help restore High Island Lake.