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April 8, 2019

Spring newsletter

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From the Administrator

Welcome to Spring!

Here at the watershed district, we have had a busy and productive winter. We launched a year of 50th anniversary celebrations with a snowshoeing and community mural activity at Chanhassen Feb Fest. It was wonderful to see so many people out on the lake, celebrating winter and enjoying Lake Ann. We released the Jr. Watershed Explorer Activity Book, which can be found here. The district also worked to modify grant programs (more info below), develop a speakers bureau, compile our annual report, and release our 2018 water quality fact sheets. At their January meeting, the Citizen's Advisory Committee welcomed seven new members from across the watershed district. This group of committed volunteers will help advise the RPBCWD Board of Managers on a variety of citizen interests.

Out in the field, staff continued winter sampling of select lakes, measuring a variety of water quality indicators. We also assisted with educational programs at Staring Lake Outdoor Center, conducted studies of our spent-lime filtration system, and more!

We are glad that spring is finally here, and are gearing up for an exciting season. Make sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts (@rpbcwd on each) for more updates on programs, projects, and other watershed information.

Dr. Claire Bleser

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