Last week, the folks from the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District showed us some of the projects that have been done in the county to help with water quality. One was streambank stabilization on a stream very near the Fairgrounds. As it happens, this stream does have good-sized trout in it.
We also visited a homeowner who has put in a raingarden in her front yard as well as some other conservation projects in the back yard that is on a lake. It is great to see individuals taking responsibility to improve water quality. We looked at a church that put a raingarden on the front of its property to help with water quality.
The Minnesota Zoo has a number of projects on its property to mitigate stormwater runoff.
It is exciting to see so many projects that will help us in our quest for good water quality. Clean Water is essential for life!
Our last stop was at the prairie restoration area on the Fairgrounds where the annual Outdoor Education Days for 5th graders was taking place. There are sites set up where the students can learn about water quality, native plants, and so on. Adults learn a lot, too.