Latest conservation posts:
- Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway seeks input on land management 4/26/2017
- Guest post: National Parks need our support 4/20/2017
- Input needed on future of Log House Landing’s boat ramp 4/16/2017
The St. Croix is beautiful, wild and clean today because of past good stewardship. People and organizations worked hard to protect it, and now it’s our turn.
Today, runoff is the biggest issue facing the river. As the river valley’s population grows, more houses, roads, driveways and parking lots mean water doesn’t have anywhere to go, except toward the river. When this runoff picks up fertilizer and other pollutants, it causes algae, dirty water and other negative effects.
What we can do:
- Build rain gardens
Filter stormwater runoff from your yard or neighborhood before it enters the river.
- Use less fertilizer on your lawn
Reduce pollution that causes algae and other problems for clean water.
- Support local farmers
Get fresh, healthy food and support farming techniques that are safe for the river.
- Work to improve wastewater treatment
Reduce pollution in the river that comes from your town or city’s treatment facilities.
- Promote smart development
Protect the river’s water quality and scenery.
Science of 360
Good stewardship starts with good science. A broad team of scientists has identified reducing phosphorous in Lake St. Croix by about 20 percent to 360 tons/year as an important goal to improve water quality and keep it clean and beautiful for future generations.
The 360 tons/year goal is also the level of phosphorus in the river in the 1940s, before we started significantly changing the area with agriculture and development.