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The water resources of Morrison SWCD

Clean Lakes and a Mighty River

Our mighty river along with our collection of lakes have been major drivers of our economy for as long as we can remember Our lakes and rivers produce clean drinking water for many larger cities downstream.

 

Unfortunately, many of our waters are in danger to a host of threats. Due to over development and land use disturbances of all kinds, our lakes are becoming inundated with storm water runoff. This runoff is filled with contaminants like phosphorus and nitrates that cause changes to our water quality and throw off the natural balance in our lakes and rivers.

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Protecting Water

Properties that are directly connected to open water sources have greater potential to harm the quality of the water. Overdevelopment or broad land use conversion near water sources results in lower water quality. Storm water collects contaminants from buildings, and fertilized yard space. Impervious surfaces like the roof of a building or paved driveway/walkways, expedite the flow of storm water runoff. The contaminants, and additional nutrients/phosphorus that stormwater carries is harmful when it enters waterways. Just one pound of phosphorus rapidly grows into five hundred pounds of algae when it activates in water. 

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a nutrient found in manure, leaves, soil, and fertilizer. Under natural conditions phosphorus is typically scarce in water. Human activities, however, have resulted in excessive phosphorus loading into our lakes. Phosphorus triggers harmful algae blooms.

 

The good news: There are many simple conservation practices that can protect or even increase the water quality in our lakes!

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Slow the flow

Slowing and absorbing stormwater runoff is critical to protecting water quality.

 

Rain barrels are fantastic for capturing runoff from rooflines under a downspout.

 

Broken walkway and driveway surfaces like stone or pebble allow water to better soak into the ground. 

 

The deep roots of trees and native plants act as a sponge, soaking up storm water runoff. 

 

Possibly most effective ( and beautiful) are rain gardens with native flowers and plants. Strategically placed rain gardens do a fantastic job of soaking up excess water.

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Stream / River / Lakeshore Programs

Click on the programs or serveces below for more information...

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Shoreline Restoration

Hi, I'm Mike Becker

I can help find ways to protect your shorelines. There are plenty of management options, and you are in control of which ones to use.

Engineering Technician
Phone
- (320) 631-3557

Email - Mike.Becker@morrisonswcd.org

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