How a Country Embraced the River It Feared

Few places fight floods as well as the Netherlands, but when it comes to their flood defenses, it’s the ocean-side efforts that get the attention. Lesser known is the degree to which they are innovatively managing their inland flooding risk from the River Waal. While no two rivers and no two floods are exactly alike,

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Road salts washing into the river, damaging ecosystems and pipes

“There’s pretty good evidence that if we continue to use salt at the rate we do now, it’s going to be detrimental to the rivers and lakes eventually.” That’s the comment of Ryan Westphal, the Facilities Director for La Crosse County, Wisconsin, on the long-standing practice of dumping salt on almost any amount of snow.

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Minot City Council Agenda, January 3, 2023

Minot City Council will meet Tuesday, January 3, at 5:30 pm to consider the agenda attached below. There are several impactful items on the agenda, but the one that will generate the most conversation is the recommended approval of a first-phase $2.9 million TIF project for Epic Companies Tracks project in SW Minot. This is

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State asks Minnesota Residents to weigh safety & environment when salting slick surfaces

Slippery roads and sidewalks are a big risk in wintertime, and there’s no better way to deal with them than adding a little salt. But for every action, there is a consequence, and when all that salt is added up, it’s having an impact on lakes and rivers. That’s what our Eastern neighbors in Minnesota

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A Floodable Bridge? Recreational uses with flood protection benefits

What does it take to get people across a river without creating an obstruction to waterflow that becomes a hazard during flooding? How about a bridge designed to go underwater that does a good job of letting water pass? If you’re curious, check out the article linked below from UrbanNext. It’s an idea we in

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Another riverwalk master plan promises to breathe life into a city center

These stories are becoming pretty common. Communities across the continent are recognizing their past mistakes and current opportunities and revitalizing their riverfronts. The question in Minot is will we follow this sound thinking, or will we be left behind? Check out the full Riverwalk concept from Brampton, Ontario below. Get the full story from local

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U.S. scientist urges action to save Lake Winnipeg

Did you know it’s possible to kill a lake? It is; it happened to Lake Erie. And a scientist who studied that catastrophe sees a similar pattern repeating with Lake Winnipeg. Why does it matter in Minot? The culprit is nutrient loading — particularly phosphorous. If you’ve noticed algae blooms in Minot’s river, you know

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Teams searching for cheap way to stop algae blooms, with $10 million prize on the line

You have an efficient, cost-effective way to remove phosphorous from freshwater bodies? If so, you may want to enter it into an innovation competition sponsored The Everglades Foundation in Florida. The prize: $10,000,000. Whether North or South, algae blooms are an increasing problem and one of the primary contributors is phosphorus-rich runoff that feeds the

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Stretch of Mississippi River in and around St. Cloud sheds its sullied history

For one city in Minnesota, the Mississippi River was just a water pathway that flowed through town. It was the place they dumped their sewage; it was the home of meat-packing plants that sent their environmental impacts downstream. They stopped the environmental damage they were doing a generation ago; now their eyes are opening to

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Popular central Minnesota lakes near ‘tipping points’ for water quality

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes; many of them offer weekend respite and retirement hideaways. But an environmental threat is putting a few of them at risk. High nutrient loads in the water are the problem, and the solutions are a lot less expensive if they’re enacted before the tipping point is passed. Read

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River Management Changes Still Years Away – Story | North Dakota

If you’re up to speed on Minot’s flood protection efforts, you’ve probably heard the term ‘parallel tracks’. That language describes the project’s sponsors attempt to improve flood protection through multiple efforts. One is the infrastructure project in Minot, another is the river management aspect that requires reworking an international agreement between Canada and the U.S. Jim

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In a Minot Minute: Ride the River

Shannon Straight with @sourisfriends (Friends of the Souris River) talks about tomorrow’s Ride the River Event. For more details, check out their Facebook event page.  

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Proposed River Trail in MN Aims to Connect Multiple Communities

The idea has a name; it’s called the Crow River Regional Trail. The goal is to connect 10 different communities with a common thread — a recreational path along a river that passes through all them. Sounds like something that may interest @sourisfriends — otherwise knowns as the Friends of the Souris River.

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Corps of Engineers Interested in Dead Loop Restoration Through Souris Basin

The Souris River Joint Board’s monthly meeting was yesterday; the work continues on implementing all aspects the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan. Of note, members of the Corp of Engineers were in Minot this past week and they expressed an interest in projects related to ecosystem restoration. In plain English, the message being conveyed

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Outside Perspective: Residents flood city council in support of Portneuf River Vision Study

Here in Minot, we’re having our own discussion about to do with the Souris River. Should we wall ourselves off from it forever, or should we try and recapture some aspects of it as a natural resource? This article out of Idaho is remarkable because you change out the name of the city and the

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Estevan receives funding for two Souris Watershed infrastructure projects

Rafferty Reservoir is set to become the primary water source for the City of Estevan as a result of two water infrastructure projects that found both provincial and federal funding. They include construction of a residuals management facility to treat wastewater created in the water treatment process and a new water intake pipeline for the City in

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