For Cleaner Water
       & Fewer Floods  

Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities (H3) Festival

  • 12 Apr 2014
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mazeppa Community Center, Mazeppa, MN

Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities (H3) Festival

Saturday, April 12, 2014

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Mazeppa Community Center, Mazeppa, MN

 278 1st Ave. North
Mazeppa, MN 55956


Want to learn more about the history and animals of the Zumbro River? Ever wonder why the region's ponds and lakes fill with sediment? Want to learn about eagles, otters, and other wildlife that live in our area? Do you wonder what farmers and homeowners can do to protect our soil and keep our rivers clean?

Then you'll want to bring your family to the First Annual "Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities Festival" on Saturday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Mazeppa Community Center in Mazeppa, MN, right on the banks of the North Fork of the Zumbro River.



8:00 am-4:00 pm Conservation, History, Art, and Farm Booths open at Mazeppa Community Center

9:00 am History and Conservation Bus Tour Leaves from Community Center


10:00 am-2:00 pm Live Wildlife From Zollman Zoo/ Oxbow County Park (by front door)


10:30-11:50 am History, Art, and Community Speakers


 10:30 "How Healthy Soils Lead to Healthy Waters and   Healthy Communities" Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside 


 11:00 "Protecting Trout--Preserving Soil" Dean Flugstad, Trout Unlimited


 11:30 "Glaciers, Farms, and Floods: The History of the Zumbro Watershed" Kevin Strauss, Zumbro Watershed Partnership


11:00 a.m. History and Conservation Bus Tour Leaves from Community Center


11:30 am-2:00 pm Zumbro Zoe, a 6-foot tall river otter (Zumbro Watershed Mascot) visit, get your picture taken with Zumbro Zoe!

12:30-12:50 pm Local Politicians


1:00 pm History and Conservation Bus Tour Leaves from Community Center


1:00-3:30 pm Farm, Conservation and Soil Speakers


 1:00 "What Healthy Soil Looks Like" Dan Nath, USDA, NRCS


 1:30 "How Farmers Are Working for Cleaner Rivers in Minnesota" Margaret Wegner, MN Dept. of Agriculture


 2:00 "Keeping Fertilizers On the Land and Out of the Rivers" Justin Watkins, MN Pollution Control Agency


 3:00 "Capturing Carbon, Protecting Soil, and Soaking Up Floodwater with Healthy Soil" Rod Sommerfield, SOM Generators



At the Mazeppa Community Center, children can play games and do activities to learn about river animals and history. You can get your picture taken with "Zumbro Zoe" our six-foot-tall Zumbro River Otter mascot, learn about the history of Mazeppa and the Zumbro River, and discover simple things you can do to work for "Cleaner Water and Fewer Floods" on the Zumbro River. 

Hear speakers talk about the history, science, and wildlife of the Zumbro River from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Free Bus Tours:
If you want to get outside, join us for a two-hour Zumbro River History and Conservation Bus Tour with the first bus leaving at 8:30 a.m. and the last bus leaving at 1:30 p.m. Tours will leave on the hour. You'll have a chance to see the results of flooding and erosion problems on the Zumbro River, and see what local farmers are doing to protect their soil and keep the Zumbro clean.

At this family and child activity event, you'll learn to see soil in a whole new way, through hands-on activities and presentations about the Zumbro River, healthy soil farming practices, river-friendly lawn care, area wildlife, and more.

Participating Organizations Include:

SOM Generators Farm Mentor Group

Zumbro Watershed Partnership 

Renewing the Countryside

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Wabasha County Soil and Water Conservation Service

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Project WET)

Lake Zumbro Forever


For more information, contact ZWP Education Coordinator Kevin Strauss at 507-993-3411 or


Contact Us:

Mailing Address: Zumbro Watershed Partnership, Inc.
12 Elton Hills Drive NW
Rochester, MN 55901

ZWP Executive Director Contact Information 
Phone Number: 507-226-6787

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