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
Every spring and fall we host a Clean Water Clean-Up event to rake up leaves and other debris. 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.
Check back soon to sign-up for the Fall 2018 Clean Water Clean-Up event. The Spring 2018 event was Sunday, April 29th** from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and was held at Crystal Lake Park in Prior Lake. We raked leaves and removed buckthorn at the park! Volunteers received a hat & snacks and were entered to win rain barrels and door prizes from local businesses. Don’t forget to bring your rake to the event! Please register here for this free, family-friendly event.
In case of inclement weather, the Spring 2018 clean-up will be rescheduled for May 6th. **NOTE: This is a date change. The event was pushed back one week in hopes that it will give the park a chance to dry out.
During the Fall 2017 clean-up, volunteers removed 1.78 tons (3,560 pounds) of buckthorn and other woody debris and raked over 1.23 tons (2,460 lbs) of leaves! Check out our Facebook page for pictures from past events!
Questions? Email Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the District office at 952-447-4166.
Don’t miss an event! Sign-up to receive an email reminder. Email email@example.com to be added to the notification list.
Carp Seining Event
The District hopes to host a carp seining event later this year. We will need volunteers to help sort, weigh and measure the carp we catch. Please contact Kathryn Keller-Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maggie Karschnia at email@example.com or 952-447-9808 if you have questions, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our volunteer list.
One of our projects restored 300 feet of shoreline along the north side of Spring Lake. For more information, visit our Spring Lake Shoreline Restoration project page.