Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., (4/4/2013) — New analyses for Asian carp DNA in water samples from the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers showed little evidence of bighead and silver carp, researchers announced in a report released today.
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Please join the St. Croix River Association’s
annual Spring Gathering for a presentation by author William Souder:
Distinguished Stillwater author William Souder will share highlights of his extraordinary new biography, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson. Published 50 years ago, Carson’s seminal book, Silent Spring, changed the way we think about the environment and our place in it.
Mr. Souder’s presentation will explore the life and impact of this remarkable writer, including her influences and the historical context that shaped her work.
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The federal budget sequestration – automatic, across-the-board spending cuts - has been in the headlines for months now. You can find articles that range from “It’s no big deal”, to “U.S. in Crisis”. For many people the budget cuts haven’t hit home yet. Here on the St. Croix, your national park staff has been preparing.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites people with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized vehicle use in the Chengwatana, Nemadji, General Andrews and St. Croix state forests in Pine County to attend an open house on Wednesday, May 22, to review a set of proposals that include changes to trail systems in the four state forests. The open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Askov Community Center, 6369 Kobmagergade in Askov.
Wisconsin’s rivers are vulnerable to invasion by a number of alien species from Eurasian milfoil to Japanese knotweed. The key to successfully protecting your river is detecting invasive species early when it is still possible to isolate or eradicate the infestation. The longer we wait to find and fight them, the more time and money it will take.
This is where you come in. Volunteers are invaluable for early detection. SCRA will be co-hosting two Project RED trainings with the Polk County Land and Water Department and the River Alliance of Wisconsin. Project RED (Riverine Early Detectors) training provides citizen volunteers with the necessary tools to be a Riverine Early Detector. The protocols are easy and fun.
By Peter Gove
Board Chair of the St. Croix River Association
Many in Scandia and others who love the St. Croix River sighed with relief in January when the Scandia Planning Commission recommended denying a permit to reopen the Zavoral gravel mine on a bluff overlooking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The commission came to this decision after its own careful analysis and vocal opposition from the overwhelming majority of Scandia citizens, joined by organizations including the St. Croix River Association.
Unfortunately, earlier this week the project was approved by the City Council. We are outraged, even though the approval was tempered some by conditions we fought for, such as limiting the duration of mining and requiring an in-dependent review of Tiller Corp.’s site reclamation.