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Pervious Pavements

Have you been to the Chisago County Courthouse lately? If so, you may have noticed the construction work that was going on late this summer as the employee parking lot was reconfigured and resurfaced.  Within this parking lot is a very exciting water quality practice that you might not even notice.  A portion of the [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:35+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Pervious pavement|0 Comments

2015 Outstanding Conservationist

LOCAL CONSERVATIONISTS HONORED AT STATE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT CONVENTION Dale and Barb Fredrickson of Chisago County were recently honored as outstanding conservationists at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, December 6-8, 2014 in Bloomington, Minn. They were selected by the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:35+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Outstanding Conservationist|0 Comments

2016 Tree Order Form is Ready

This years’ leaves have not even finished falling and you can already order trees and shrubs for next year!  The Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual Tree and Shrub Sale order form is ready and available for download on our website (  You can also pick one up at our office in North Branch. [...]

By | 2015-10-20T16:46:08+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Tree Order Form|0 Comments

Understanding Invasive Species

As publicity about various invasive species, both aquatic and terrestrial, grows, it is important to understand exactly what an invasive species is.  There is a plethora of words used in the media to describe problematic plants and animals, including invasive, exotic, non-native, noxious, alien, and weed.  These words are often used interchangeably as if they [...]

By | 2015-10-20T16:47:26+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Invasive Species|0 Comments

Grass Clippings Turn Lakes Green

It’s the height of lawn-mowing season as well as the lake recreation season.  What do the two have in common?  One can have a big impact on the other.  Grass clippings contain phosphorus, the nutrient that feeds algae and turns lakes green.  Just one bushel of grass clippings contain 0.1 pound of phosphorus.  That doesn’t [...]

By | 2015-10-20T16:48:05+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Grass Clippings|0 Comments

Eutrophication of Lakes-Huh?

Eutrophication is a big word that basically means a lake is getting greener.  More specifically, eutrophication is the lake’s response to the addition of nitrates and phosphorus entering the lake either naturally or artificially (as a result of human activity).  Before human influence, lakes naturally went through the eutrophication process, but it took many hundreds [...]

By | 2015-10-20T16:49:17+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Eutrophication|0 Comments

Dispelling Rain Garden Myths

In the past 5 years, the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District has assisted in installing nearly 50 rain gardens around Chisago County.  As we continue to work on new projects, we occasionally run into misconceptions about rain gardens.  There are some common myths that we can dispel easily, and then there are new things [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:35+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Rain Gardens|0 Comments

Common Questions at the Tree Barn

Every year, the staff of the Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District spends three days in the “tree barn”, the Quonset building where people come to pick up the trees and shrubs they ordered.  Throughout the distribution event, we get asked some common questions.  With the 2016 Tree and Shrub order form out, we thought [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:35+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Tree Order Form|0 Comments