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FRACFOCUS


FracFocus is the national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry that is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, two organizations whose missions both revolve around conservation and environmental protection.

The site was created to provide the public access to reported chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing within their area. To help users put this information into perspective, the site also provides objective information on hydraulic fracturing, the chemicals used, the purposes they serve and the means by which groundwater is protected.

Website: www.FracFocus.org

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GREEN ROOFS - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO GALLERY

There are some great shots of a variety of different types of green roofs here, from Europe to New York!

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/05/green-roofs/cook-photography?source=email_photo_20090416&email=photo

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HENNEPIN COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES INTERACTIVE MAP


Hennepin County has recently worked with DNR to include everything you need on a map to make floodplain insurance determinations along with all the other natural resources "stuff" they are accumulating.

The link is https://gis.hennepin.us/naturalresources/map/default.aspx  

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LAKE MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES: MANAGING ALGAE PROBLEMS


NEW BOOK (Sept. 2017)!  Managing Algae Problems is a practical guidance manual for lake managers, lake associations, water management boards and lake shore owners to understand a complicated topic while providing simple decision criteria for managing algae problems in lakes.  The book will help get lake management started down the right path.

To purchase:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/dick-osgood-and-harry-gibbons/lake-management-best-practices-managing-algae-problems/paperback/product-23307868.html

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LET'S KEEP IT CLEAN Campaign
- http://cleanwatermn.org 

The Let's Keep it Clean Campaign is a collaborative effort between different Cities, Counties, State agencies, Water Management Organizations and Watershed Districts in the state to help generate ideas and materials for stormwater education efforts.  The website has recently gone through an overhaul and now provides a great spot to download educational ideas, PowerPoint presentations for topics ranging from TMDL to fertilizer education, advertisement ideas, etc. 

I have used their ideas for items like Facebook posts and news articles!  Please help support this idea by making use of it!

The Site is getting outdated, however Watershed Partners is in the process of updating the information or developing a new site to distribute materials.  If you are interested, please contact Watershed Partners (Hamline University, Center for Global Environmental Education) with ideas!

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METRO BLOOMS

Metro Blooms has a lot of great educational opportunities, grants for native plantings, workshops for rain garden installation, rain barrel sales and other activities.  Please check out their web site at www.metroblooms.org.

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MPCA - MINNESOTA STORMWATER MANUAL

The final, full-color version of the Minnesota Stormwater Manual was released at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Web site. 

http://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/stormwater/stormwater-manual.html

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MPCA - WATERSHED CONNECTIONS


Watershed Connections is a periodic e-newsletter from MPCA with updates on TMDL projects in the Minnesota, Crow and Lower Mississippi river basins. It combines the content of the Watershed Network News and River Connections publications.

www.pca.state.mn.us/water/watershed-connections

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PLAIN LANGUAGE COMMUNICATIONS


Brian Lieb from Hennepin County has developed some clear, common-sense guidelines for communicating in plain language.  He is also an excellent speaker if you need someone to come in and provide communication education to your staff.

www.hennepin.us/writingguide
www.bliebcommunications.com
www.plainlanguage.gov
www.centerforplainlanguage.org

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PLANTS FOR STORMWATER DESIGN

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff worked with the authors, Daniel Shaw and Rusty Schmidt, to produce this valuable reference. The goal is to improve stormwater treatment and management practices by using native plants.

http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/manuals/stormwaterplants.html

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ST. ANTHONY FALLS LABORATORY (SAFL) STORMWATER RESEARCH PROGRAM

Presentations about projects related to stormwater treatment, assessment, and maintenance have been given at conferences, workshops, and seminars throughout the United States and beyond by SAFL.

PDF downloads of those presentations are provided on their website , when available.

Go to:  http://stormwater.safl.umn.edu/content/presentations to find the information on past presentations and the links to them.

 
   
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