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  • 17 Apr 2017 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 17, 2017

     

    News Release

    Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better!

    Pick-up locations still available – Sign-up today

    This Saturday, April 22 marks the start of the 11th Annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Clean-up Event! Volunteers, participating alone or with a group, are encouraged to collect litter in Rochester anytime between April 22 – 29. Trash and recycling bags are provided, all you need to do is pick a location, pick a date, and pick it up! Pick up locations are still available. Registration information, maps and more can be found atwww.RNeighbors.org/litterbitbetter. Participants can help encourage others to participate by sharing photos of their group in action on Facebook using the tag #litterbitbetter.

     

    Over 122 tons of litter has been picked up by volunteers in the past 10 years of A Litter Bit Better! events. Not only have these efforts removed trash from the environment, but it has also prevented litter as clean environments discourage littering. Litter-free landscapes also make our community a healthy place to be. Help us break the litter cycle by participating in the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Clean-up Event.

     

    Litter makes our city look bad and pollutes our water resources. For the 11th year in a row, thousands of citizens will join forces to prevent pollution and remove litter from parks, neighborhoods and businesses in Rochester during this weeklong event. Will you be one of them?

     

    Everyone can Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! including children, adults, businesses, church groups, boy and girl scouts, neighborhood associations, and others. Litter pickups are easy, rewarding, and fun! Be part of something big –Registration is open at www.RNeighbors.org/litterbitbetter.

     

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    Megan Moeller

    Communications Coordinator

    Rochester Public Works Department

    201 4th Street SE, Room 108, Rochester, MN, 55904

    direct: 507-328-2436

    main: 507-328-2400

    www.rochestermn.gov/publicworks

    Facebook: @RochesterMNPublicWorks


  • 06 Apr 2017 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    NEWS RELEASE

    Stormwater Presents Speaker Series: 
    The Water Source Project – Identifying Drinking Water Sources in Olmsted County 

     

    Contact:   Megan Moeller
    Communications Coordinator, Public Works Department

                        507-328-2436 or mmoeller@rochestermn.gov

     

    The goal of the Water Source Project is to identify the water source for each residential and business address in Olmsted County. Knowing water sources is especially critical during emergency responses. Each address is linked to the Unique# of a well contained in the online Minnesota Well Index (MWI) or to a community water supply. If the address is served by a private well not currently in the MWI, information is gathered on the well location and construction. Sources of well information include County records, contact with well owners, and if needed, site visits.

    Presentation by Terry Lee, Water Resources Manager for Olmsted County Environmental Resources

     

    Date:     April 25, 2017

    Time:     7-8:30pm

    Place:    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Cascade Meadow

                    2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901

    Cost:      Free. No reservations are necessary.

     

    The Stormwater Presents Speaker Series is a monthly program featuring topics related to stormwater management in the City of Rochester. This program is FREE of charge and no registrations are required. All presentations are held in Rochester at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota - Cascade Meadow (2900 - 19th Street NW).

     

    All programs are subject to change. Full presentation descriptions and up-to-date information can be found atwww.rochesterstormwater.com

     


  • 27 Mar 2017 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    Public Meeting Notice 

    Presentation and Discussion of the City of Rochester’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program Implementation for 2016 


    Rochester City Council Meeting 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 1, 2017 City Council/County Board Chambers (102 4th St. SE, Rochester, MN) 


    On this date, the City Council will hear and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the 2016 stormwater management activities, the appropriateness of the selected Best Management Practices, and the City’s progress toward achieving the measurable goals outlined in its Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP).  


    Relevant written comments will also be taken into consideration if received no later than the close of business of Friday, June 16, 2017 and submitted by mail or e‐mail to: By Mail: Rochester Public Works Department ATTN: Troy Erickson 201 4th St. SE Rochester, MN  55904 By E‐Mail: terickson@rochestermn.gov,   Subject: “MS4 Permit Public Comment” A copy of the City’s current SWPPP (2013‐2018) is available on the City’s stormwater website: www.rochesterstormwater.com.  

  • 22 Mar 2017 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    HELP MAKE ROCHESTER A LITTER BIT BETTER! REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

     

    A Mickey Mouse flag, a working iPhone, a poster of Steven Segal, and a box of packaged sandwiches. What do these things have in common? They are just a few of the odd things found in Rochester during the last 10 years of litter clean-ups during the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. What will our volunteers find this year? So far, over 122 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in 2007. 

     

    This year’s event will be April 22-29 and registration is now open. Volunteers are encouraged to collect litter anytime during that week. Trash and recycling bags are provided, all you need to do is pick a location, pick a date, and pick it up! Registration information, maps and more can be found at www.RNeighbors.org/litterbitbetter. Participants can help encourage others to participate by sharing photos of their group in action on Facebook using the tag #litterbitbetter.

     

    Litter makes our city look bad and can pollute our water. For the 11th year in a row, hundreds of citizens will join forces to prevent pollution and remove litter from parks, neighborhoods and businesses in Rochester during this weeklong event– will you be one of them?

     

    Everyone can Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! including children, adults, businesses, church groups, boy and girl scouts, neighborhood associations, and others. Litter pickups are easy, rewarding, and fun! Do your part and register today!

     

    Bamber Valley School pick-up team 2016

     

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    Megan Moeller

    Communications Coordinator

    Rochester Public Works Department

    201 4th Street SE, Room 108, Rochester, MN, 55904

    direct: 507-328-2436

    main: 507-328-2400

    www.rochestermn.gov/publicworks

    Facebook: @RochesterMNPublicWorks

     


  • 15 Mar 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Zumbro Watershed Partnership Inc. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2316366.
    Today, your support goes 10 times further.



  • 09 Mar 2017 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    Southeast Minnesota Cover Crop Consortium Seminar
    DATE: March 16, 2017 TIME: Registration at 12:15pm Program: 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
             Location: Zumbrota VFW, 25 1st Street East, Zumbrota, MN 55992
    Program Agenda:
    12:30-12:35 Welcome -Ed McNamara

    12:35-1:15
     Soil Health and Sustainability in Minnesota Kristin Brennan,
                           Assistant State Soil Scientist, NRCS, St. Paul, MN

     1:15-1:45  Termination and carry over restrictions when using cover crops
                      Dan Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Extension
                                              Southwest Wisconsin Regional Outreach Specialist

                                               

    1:45-2:00  Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program Update
                        Mark Root and Matt Kruger -Minnesota Department of Ag

    2:00-2:15  Break and Networking with sponsors-Coffee, milk and cookies

    2:15-2:45  Using cover crop in row crop systems- a producer’s viewpoint
                       Tom Cotter- Cotter Farms, Austin, MN

    2:45-3:15  Cover Crops, Soil Health & Livestock Management
                       Tom Pyfferoen –Toden Farms, Pine Island, MN

    3:15-3:25  Ag Plastic Recycling Program- Goodhue County
    -Jeff Beckman

    3:25-3:30  Wrap-up-Recap- Ed McNamara

    Thank you to our sponsors: LaCrosse Seed, Zabel Seed, J&S Repair, GB Feed,
     Winfield United, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Saddlebutte Ag
    Questions?  Ed McNamara, 651-380-8183; edmcnamara@sleepyeyetel.net
                                            


  • 07 Mar 2017 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    ZWP members have been some of the 29,000+ volunteers that have helped collect over 122 tons of litter in the past 10 years of A Litter Bit Better! events. Won’t you join them in the 11th annualHelp Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! litter collection event happening April 22-29, 2017? Litter collection is a fun way to help beautify our city and protect the environment. Pick a location, pick a date, and pick it up!  Registration opens on March 22. Registration information, maps and more can be found at www.RNeighbors.org/litterbitbetter

  • 07 Mar 2017 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    NEWS RELEASE Realize Rain Gardens Rochester Cost‐Share Grant Writing Workshop 


    Contact: Megan Moeller Communications Coordinator, Public Works Department 507‐328‐2436 or mmoeller@rochestermn.gov 


    Did you know the City of Rochester has a cost‐share grant program to assist in the creation of residential and community rain gardens? The 2017 Cost‐Share Program will award up to 7 grants for 50% of verifiable costs, up to a maximum of $750 per project! Eligible expenditures for reimbursement through the Cost‐Share Grant include the cost of rain garden design, plants, mulch soil amendment, related materials and labor. To be considered for a 2017 Cost‐Share Grant, rain gardens must be installed in 2017 on parcels within Rochester’s city limits and outside of utility and drainage easements or road rights‐of‐way. More information and Realize Rain Gardens Rochester Cost‐Share Grant Applications can be found at www.rochesterstormwater.com. This workshop is designed to help grant applicants understand and complete the Cost‐Share Grant Application. Presentation by Megan Moeller, Communications Coordinator for the City of Rochester Public Works Department 


    Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 Time:   7‐9:00 pm Place:   

    City Hall Conference Room 104 

    201--4th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 

    Cost: Free. No reservations are necessary

  • 03 Mar 2017 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    Meet City Stormwater Requirements
    while Creating Beautiful, Practical Landscape Projects for Clients

    What?

    Cities across the U.S. are taking various measures to combat stormwater runoff and reduce pollution in local bodies of water, while raising awareness of the issue.  New construction standards consider how much water is leaving your site, with the primary goal to minimize runoff from development sites and to keep the runoff water as clean as possible.

    Water that does not evaporate or is not absorbed into the ground is eventually discharged to our local water bodies. As a result, contaminants in stormwater impact water quality in our local lakes and rivers.

    “We’re working to increase awareness among the general public that the runoff from their property affects our drinking water and our recreational waterways.” Megan Moeller, Communications Coordinator, City of Rochester. “At the same time, we need local expertise in the design and construction of stormwater management practices.”

    This contractor workshop, Raingardens & Other Stormwater Best Management Practices, presented by Metro Blooms in partnership with Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water® will cover: benefits of the bioengineering approach to stormwater management, site assessment, runoff estimates and flow paths, shooting grades, cell design options, estimates of soils balance, infiltration testing, design and site hydrology, excavation, decompaction, shaping the cell, and final grades, as well as materials and plant selection.

    “It’s better for the earth and it also makes sense from a business perspective,” says Rich Harrison, Landscape Architect with Metro Blooms, who administers the Blue Thumb Partnership, “More and more people are interested in sustainable design, which means we need to provide solutions that are beautiful landscape features and help them minimize runoff.”

    When?

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    City of Rochester,

    Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center

    2900 19th St. NW  

    Rochester, MN  55901

     

    How to Register?

    Sponsors

    Register for this event by Monday, March 13 by sending name, organization, title, email address and phone number to deborah@metroblooms.org, or call 651-699-2426.

     

    This Blue Thumb Contractor Training is offered in partnership with Metro Blooms and the cities of Rochester, Faribault , Owatonna, and the Zumbro Watershed Partnership.

    What is a raingarden?

    A raingarden is a shallow depression in the ground that is designed to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the ground within a 24-48 hour period. Most raingardens are best designed with plants that are well adapted to the unique conditions of the garden and your region (such as local native plants).  

    Fast Facts about runoff:

    • ·         Every time it rains one inch, an average urban residential property sheds about 5,400 gallons of stormwater runoff. 
    • ·         The EPA defines stormwater runoff as the number one threat to water quality in our lakes and streams.

    What is Blue Thumb?  

    Blue Thumb—Planting for Clean Water® is a public/private partnership that promotes native plants, raingardens, and shoreline stabilization projects to reduce runoff and improve water quality. Partners include local governmental units (watershed districts, conservation districts, cities and counties), non-profit organizations, and private companies such as nurseries, landscape design and build companies, sustainable lawn care and tree care services. www.bluethumb.org


  • 11 Jan 2017 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    Looking for videos about he Zumbro River, watersheds, wildlife, history, and clean water issues? Then look no further than the Zumbro Watershed Partnership's new YouTube Channel. We've chosen the best Zumbro River and clean water videos and added them to our channel. You can visit our channel at the URL below, or by clicking on the link on the middle of our ZWP home page.


    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy291PQ4G-WKiXwf9nFM1iQ

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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