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PostSubject: Study Approved of the Whetstone River   Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:32 pm

Here's a chance for very diverse opinions to come together: a proposal to study the Whetsone River watershed. A lot of work has been done in other parts of the Upper Minnesota watershed , now there is a proposal to study Whetstone. Funding is tight and without public support the money may be spent elswhere. There is plenty of local interest in the Whetstone watershed, so I hope that interest shows at the March 9th Meeting.

Watershed studies or most of the Upper Minneota watershed have been completed but one South Dakota /Minnesota watershed hasn't had it's quality documented and it's watershed described in detail. That's the Whetstone River and this river interests so many people that I hope the turnout at the March 9th meeting in Milbank includes everyone that wants to lookout for our water. The meeting is scheduled for 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Milbank Community center on highway 12. East Dakota Water Development has proposed the study. This is a chance for all groups and individuals to voice their concerns about this watershed.

I think it's important to document what we have, the potential of this little known and beautiful area could be lost if we don't get the samples and data to understand it.
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PostSubject: This is a great opportunity   Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:27 pm

I agree with you Linda:

I think this is a rare opportunity to share our views from a variety of interest. Hopefully we will all listen as well as speak. I know there are times that I should listen as well.

Thanks for sharing this rare opportunity.
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PostSubject: Add it to the calendar   Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:52 am

LindaS you need to add this to the calendar.

Click on the edit button on your post. Then go to the bottom of your message below the "send" button and you will see a bar that says "calendar." If it isn't open then click on the little white "+" on the far right side. That will open up your calendar option. Put in the day, month, and year and hit your send button. That will add this event to the calendar.

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PostSubject: Let's make sure we attend.   Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:35 pm

All interested parties should attend. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2009, 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Milbank Community center on highway 12.
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PostSubject: Re: Study Approved of the Whetstone River   Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:54 pm

Two people from the Grant County Concerned Citizens were able to attend, there were 23 people there, many from Game Fish and Parks or similar type of work. That was good as they had good questions and good answers to questions when asked.
Most of the focus seemed to be on sediment load. Some on bacteria etc.
The last study was nearly 30 years ago.. This study should take up some of 2009 and all of 2010. It is voluntary but they hope to have wide participation.
There are DNA tests to identify sources of pollution, when asked about this the speaker said there were no plans at this time to do DNA tests.
There was a lot of talk about sediment and some of the people who live along the river gave good input about that. They did talk about how increased tiling increased the sediment load. There does seem to be a lot more tiling around here the last few years.
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PostSubject: meeting on Whetstone Watershed project positive   Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:00 pm

Jay Glbertson was the main presenter. I attended most of the meeting and noticed people from both Minnesota and South Dakota, agencies like NRCS and USFW were represented and I am guessing that some of the people I didn't have a chance to meet were from Citizens for Big Stone Lake, an excellent and experienced group.

There isn't much water quality and/or water flow data on this watershed. The goal is first to collect data from grab samples, flow and volume measurements, biological sampling and land use maps. Next the data is put together and analyzed to see where some actions might be taken. The data for the specific water shed is important because each watershed is unique and has different things to improve and protect. The typical list of new practices are control of soil erosion to keep sediment out of the streams, livestock management to keep bacteria out of the streams and especially out of the potential swimming areas like Lake Farley and continued improvement of municipal sewage treatment. The Milbank sewage treatment plant was mentioned and it was pointed out the that the last two years the quality of the discharge has been better than acceptable. In general eastern South Dakota watersheds share the same major problems but each waterwershed has different opportunities for improvement. The participation is voluntary. Practices like controling soil erosion are good for both the farmer and the water- win win!
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PostSubject: Whetstone Study Approved   Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:24 pm

It was announced last week that the board of the East Dakota Water Development District approved funding and manpower for a water quality assessment of the Whetstone Valley and Yellow Bank River watersheds, straddling the South Dakota-Minnesota border. The subject of this thread.

The study will include water quality issues in four counties, Grant, Roberts in South Dakota and Lac Qui Parle and Big Stone in Minnesota. Jay Gilbertson whose name was mentioned in the last post indicated that stimulus money allowed for further study.

The study will be centered in Ortonville because of the Upper Minnesota Watershed's District's participation and the Lac Qui Parle Yellowbank's participation.

Good job for all who were involved in this great study. It will definitely benefit the surrounding areas.

A real hats off to the counties working together in such an important study.
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PostSubject: Re: Study Approved of the Whetstone River   Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:13 pm

i am looking forward to reading more about this.
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