For Cleaner Water
       & Fewer Floods  

Area Events & Workshops

  • 28 Jan 2016 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    Our friends at the Land Stewardship Project are holding workshops that will help farmers protect their soil and our water resources.

    STARTING MONDAY, FEB. 1 - LSP'S FARM TRANSITION PLANNING WORKSHOP SERIES of three consecutive Mondays for families ready to give considerable thought to what's next for their farms. The cost is $150 per family, which covers three full-day sessions and materials. Space is limited; to register or for more information, contact LSP's Karen Stettler, 507-523-3366 or  Other details at

    THURSDAYS, FEB. 4 AND 11 - "IT'S NOT JUST DIRT ANYMORE - MAXIMIZING SOIL HEALTH" WORKSHOPS in Plainview and Lewiston. Each site features different national and regional experts in cover crops and soil health. The $10 fee covers a meal and materials. To help with the meal count, please RSVP for Feb. 4 (Plainview) by Tuesday, Feb. 2; please RSVP for Feb. 11 (Lewiston) by Feb. 9 to Doug Nopar, 507-523-3366, Speakers and other details at

    THURSDAY, MAR. 3 - "SPRING PREP! COVER CROP STRATEGIES, SEED, AND SOIL SCIENCE" WORKSHOP in Chatfield UMC, 1-3:30 p.m. with area cover crop farmers, the go-to guy for the Haney soil health test, state researchers, and engaged seed houses. Come for coffee and leave inspired and supported as you take on not just your yield this year but the ongoing health of your soil every year. RSVP helpful plus details at Caroline van Schaik, 507-523-3366, caroline

    SATURDAY, AP. 2 - "LAND ETHIC AT WORK" WORKSHOP at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center for anyone trying to articulate and then put their priorities to work on the land. 8:30 a.m. to dessert after Dinner on the Bluff guest speaker Dr. Bruno Borsari on his recent work in Panama. Early Bird rate until Mar. 12; please register at  Scholarship and exhibitor opportunities; please contact Caroline van Schaik, 507-523-3366, with questions. Details at

  • 26 Jan 2016 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    The second annual Rochester EarthFest Expo will be held April 24th at the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium. The goal of the Expo is to promote sustainable living through education, interactive displays, and promoting green products. Our theme this year will be "100% Renewable Energy by 2031". 2016 will be an exciting year with Mayor Brede's proclamation for 100% renewable energy by 2031, the DMC sustainability plan, and the upcoming Rochester Energy Action Plan.


    The Expo is the grand finale of a 7-day EarthFest celebration. The Expo will be held at the Mayo Civic Center Exhibition Hall on April 24th from 10AM-4PM. Setup will begin at 7:00 that morning. EarthFest is organized by the Rochester Climate Coalition, which is a coalition of non-profit organizations who are interested in promoting an earth-friendly sustainable lifestyle.


     In addition to our green building and sustainable living commercial booths, the fair will feature:

    •          A way cool Zumbro Watershed Partnership Booth and ...
    •          Visits from "Zumbro Zoe" our 6-foot SpokesOtter, photos with the Otter

    •          Electric Vehicle show

    •          Educational classes

    •          Children’s activities

    •          Non-profit environmental group displays

    •          Keynote speaker to be determined 


  • 05 Jan 2016 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2016
    Contact: Megan Duffey Moeller
    City of Rochester, Public Works Department
    201 4th Street SE, Room 108
    Rochester, MN 55904

    Mussels of Southeastern Minnesota

    Speaker Series at Saint Mary’s University – Cascade Meadow

    Who knew the Zumbro River’s mussels could be so fascinating! Join us to learn all about these important invertebrates, including: how they live, how they reproduce, why we should care about them, threats to their wellbeing, and how they can tell us about the health of our waterways. We will also learn how the Minnesota DNR’s native mussel program has been working to protect these important animals and what they plan to do in the future.
    Presentation by Shelby Marr, Malacologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    This program is FREE of charge.
    Date: January 26, 2016
    Time: 6-7:30 pm
    Place: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Cascade Meadow
    2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, 55901
    Cost: Free
    No reservations are necessary.

  • 22 Dec 2015 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    Documentary Screening: Project WILD THING; Saturday, January 9, 10:00 a.m., Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, 2900--19th St. NW, Rochester, MN

    Together with Project Get Outdoors (GO), Cascade Meadow invites parents, grandparents, child care providers and others concerned about the well-being of children to come learn more about connecting kids to nature for their health and to foster future stewards of our natural world.

    The Project WILD THING documentary follows British filmaker, David Bond, who is worried about his children. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors - not like it was back in his day. David decides it's time to get back to nature – literally. Project WILD THING brings to light the obstacles keeping children from experiencing the outdoors and presents accessible opportunities to reconnect families to the natural world.

    Audience participants will have the opportunity to share in a group dialogue facilitated by representatives of Project GO and the local medical community. Free resources will be available to help you connect children to nature.

  • 11 Dec 2015 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    If you are looking for ways that you, or those who work with you, could find proven land uses practices that will lead to cleaner rivers and streams, then check out the new University of MN Extension "Field to Steam: Managing Water in Rural Landscapes" guide. Download it as a pdf here.

  • 11 Dec 2015 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    While the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) is creating a map of the "public waters" that will require an average 50-food vegetated buffer, a part of the legislation gives county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) the ability and responsibility to identify waters that are not listed as "pubic waters."

    According to current and former SE MN conservation staff, in come cases, one portion of a stream might be defined as a "public waters" and another stretch, just 100 yards downstream might not be "public waters."

    This new legislation will let local conservation district staff fix inconsistencies in the defined "public waters." Local residents and conservation groups can also ask the local SWCDs to add waters to the "public waters" list.

    Want to see the proposed MN DNR Public Waters map? Click on this link.

  • 11 Dec 2015 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    On Thursday, Dec. 10, MPCA Watershed Specialist Justin Watkins gave a presentation about the state of rivers and water in southeastern Minnesota. If you missed the presentation or would like to see Justin's slides, Click Here.

  • 12 Oct 2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    What do you value most about your community?

    How is climate change impacting what you value most?

    How can you join with neighbors to implement community solutions?


    Join us for a free public convening of experts, community members and storytellers to learn about local climate change impacts and commit to real solutions. All ages welcome; food is provided.


    Monday, October 12, 2015

    5:30 pm – Resource Fair, Registration, Refreshments
    6:15 pm – Convening
    8:45 pm – Dessert Reception

    Rochester Technical and Community College
    Heintz Center, Commons Area
    1926 Collegeview Rd E
    Rochester, MN 55904

  • 14 Sep 2015 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    Fall is near - and that means it's time to deal with leaves…and composting them is the answer! You can get a discounted compost bin at the Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Truckload Sale. This sale is being organized by Natural Upgrades in a partnership between the City of Rochester, Zumbro Watershed, and Rain Reserve.


    The sale is being held Saturday, September 19 from 12-4pm at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds on a first-come first-serve basis, but supplies are limited. More information is available at This event is open to both Rochester residents and non-residents.


    Compost bins will be sold for only $69.99 and 50 gallon rain barrels with a diverter are just $119.99. These closed rain barrels are mosquito-proof, will not crack if frozen, come in multiple colors and sizes, and include a clog-free diverter and high-flow spigot. For more information on the rain barrel and compost bin, visit Residents of Rochester, Owatonna, and Austin are also eligible for a $10 rebate through their utility provider.


    Megan Duffey Moeller

    Stormwater Educator

    City of Rochester Public Works Department

    201 4th Street SE, Room 108

    Rochester, MN 55904


    Follow us on Twitter! @CleanWaterRoch
  • 10 Sep 2015 3:51 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to the support of SELCO, the Zumbro Watershed Partnership has completed two educational brochures to help people learn about and take action to clean up and protect the Zumbro River and the Zumbro Watershed. Staff will be distributing copies of the brochures at area libraries and nature centers. You can also download a copy of the brochures on the ZWP home page,

Contact Us:

Mailing Address: Zumbro Watershed Partnership, Inc.
1485 Industrial Drive NW, Room 102
Rochester, MN 55901

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

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software