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Mississippi River watershed restoration project kicks off in two separate locations

Monitoring crews from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) are beginning the sixth year of a ten-year effort to assess the condition of rivers, streams, and lakes in Minnesota.

This work is being funded by the Clean Water Fund from the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008. In 2013 biological monitoring crews will focus on monitoring the Upper Mississippi (Headwaters) watershed.

Come learn about the comprehensive watershed assessment project being launched this spring by the MPCA and local partners, on June 4 and 7.

The goals of the project are to first assess the health of our surface waters and then develop a long-range plan for protecting and restoring the waters within this unique and beautiful watershed.

Discover how local, federal and state partners are working together to assess the health of area lakes and rivers.

Ask local experts questions on current surface water quality, watershed characteristics, land use management considerations, fish and wildlife, forestry management and aquatic invasive species.

Share your ideas with watershed partners and learn how you can get involved in keeping area waterbodies healthy.

Explore informational displays.

When: June 4, 2013 at 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Pike Bay Town Hall

15514 State Highway 371 NW, Cass Lake

When: June 6, 2013 at 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Deer River High School Commons