Conservation Conversations


Register for the 14th annual “Protecting the St. Croix Conference”

This year’s conference will focus on implementing plans to improve water quality in the St. Croix River.

Deb Ryun is the executive director of the St. Croix River Association.

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Protecting the St. Croix River Basin
Visions for Water Quality: Getting the Job Done

Monday, April 8, 2013
University of Wisconsin River Falls – University Center, River Falls, WI
$55 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Registration deadline – March 27

Click Here to Register Online!

This year’s conference features national and state conservation leaders sharing their visions for water quality and strategies to active them. The conference explores phosphorus reductions strategies and the emerging farmer-led council in the St. Croix, along with the case studies of civic engagement for land stewardship and water quality.

Minnesota and Wisconsin have US EPA approval for the St. Croix water quality improvement plan (a.k.a. TMDL). As implementation of this plan moves forward, community and citizen involvement remains a key for a getting the job done.

Strong community commitment and sincere civic engagement will be required to successfully implement water quality projects to meet the goal of reducing phosphorus by 100 tons per year.

At the conference learn how you can help make it happen.

Reducing Nutrients Will:

  • Protect recreational and aesthetic values for all to enjoy.
  • Improve water quality to provide a healthy environment for fish, plants and animals.
  • Save businesses and communities money and increase efficiency.
  • Help businesses and communities comply with environmental regulation.
  • Protect the National Scenic Riverway
  • Reduce contaminants flowing to the Mississippi River.

Why Attend?

  • Hear state and national conservation leaders’ visions for achieving better water quality.
  • Learn what others are doing to improve water quality.
  • Meet and talk with the St. Croix Basin Team members, organizations, agency staff and scientists.

Who Should Come?

  • Interested St. Croix Citizens
  • Lake organizations
  • Persons dealing with septic systems, feedlots and agriculture
  • Wastewater treatment plan operators (CEUs available)
  • Commercial, industrial and agricultural operators
  • Environmental designers/consultants
  • Watershed planners
  • Public works supervisors
  • Local government officials
  • Land and water conservation staff

In addition to the day-time St. Croix Basin Conference venue, there will be an evening lecture and discussion titled: “SEEDS TO SUPPER; WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE LAND”  by Jim Gulliford, Executive Director, Soil and Water Conservation Society. The lecture begins 7 p.m. at the UWRF University Center with refreshments at 6:30.  No registration or fee is required for the evening program!

Co-sponsored by UW-River Falls, St. Croix River Association, and the St. Croix Basin Water Resources Planning Team:

  • National Park Service
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Other Team Members:

  • Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
  • University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Chisago County and Washington Conservation District
  • Wisconsin Dept. of Ag
  • Minnesota Dept. of Ag
  • Burnett, Polk, St. Croix and Pierce County Land & Water Conservation Districts
Conservation news on St. Croix 360 is supported by the St. Croix River Association, which works to protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.

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