conservation notes

Spring is a wet season, full of snowmelt and spring rain showers. We see puddles and streams running down roads and cutting through fields. This water that travels overland is called runoff. Runoff occurs when the ground is too saturated to allow water to infiltrate into the soil, so the excess water follows the contours [...]

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Spring is a busy season in the Soil and Water Conservation Office. After being stuck in the office all winter, the staff is ready to get back out into the field. Spring also brings its share of conservation concerns, including erosion and increased runoff. Soil erosion is often most evident and severe in the spring [...]

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Many of us see crops growing in a field just as food for people and animals.  The reality is that these crops would not exist if it wasn’t for the support of the soil in which they grow. A growing number of farmers are becoming more aware of the effects of soil health as it [...]

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Thinking spring already? You can get a head start on spring by ordering trees and shrubs from the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District. Our 2014 tree and shrub order form is available on our website or at our office in North Branch. We once again have bundles of five large-size species.  These trees are [...]

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As the weather warms, many people are itching to get out into the yard and clean up what winter has left behind.  The snowplow can leave all kinds of interesting artifacts in your yard, including garbage, chunks of turf, rocks, and big piles of dirt.  As you begin sorting through these “gifts” in your yard, [...]

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The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District and the Chisago County Environmental Services and Zoning are partnering with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to offer affordable rain barrels and compost bins to residents of Chisago County.  Rain barrels are a great way to reduce the amount of runoff leaving yards, which helps reduce erosion and [...]

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