In addition to using good management practices to protect and improve water quality in your home, yard or farm, there are also opportunities for volunteers to help with District projects or events.
There are lots of ways you can help improve water quality!
Clean Water Clean-Up: Twice Annual Event
The Spring 2020 Clean Water Clean-Up has been CANCELED due to public health recommendations relating to Covid-19.
The Spring 2020 event will be Sunday, April 19 from 9:00 – 11:30 am at Fish Point Park (15111 Fish Point Rd) in Prior Lake. Volunteers are needed to help bust buckthorn and rake leaves at the park! Event is free and family-friendly. Light snacks will be provided and volunteers entered into drawing for door prizes from local businesses. In case of inclement weather, the backup date is Sunday, April 19. Please RSVP for the event here.
For questions, email Kathryn at email@example.com or call 952-447-4166.
Every spring and fall we host a Clean Water Clean-Up event to rake up leaves and remove buckthorn. This prevents the leaves from being carried down the storm drains into the lakes. Leaves contain significant amounts of phosphorus which can contribute to algae growth in lakes during the summer. Buckthorn is an invasive species which often takes over wooded areas, crowding out native species and degrading wildlife habitat.
At the Fall 2019 event at The Woods at the Wilds, nearly 40 volunteers removed nearly all of the buckthorn at the park which was shredded into 44 cubic yards, weighing roughly 12 tons. In addition, volunteers raked up half a dump truck load of leaves. Check out our Facebook page for pictures from the event!
Don’t miss an event! Sign-up to receive an email reminder. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the notification list for this free, family-friendly event.
Carp Seining Event
When the District does a carp seine to remove carp from the lakes, we often need volunteers to help sort, weigh and measure the carp we catch. Please contact Kathryn Keller-Miller at email@example.com or Maggie Karschnia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-447-9808 if you are interested in volunteering or want to be added to the seine notification list.
Occasional Restoration Events
The District has several shoreline and other restoration projects and occasionally needs volunteers to help out with plantings or other items. To be notified when volunteers are needed for restoration events, please email Kathryn Keller-Miller at email@example.com to be added to our volunteer list.