Recent News

We will regularly post summaries of water resource news of interest to a variety of audiences. Skim the current posts to find items relevant to you. We’ll provide links leading to more in-depth information.

Remove buckthorn and pull invasive species near the Vermillion River’s South Creek

Join other Vermillion Stewards volunteers for a buckthorn and invasive plant pull near the Vermillion River’s South Creek, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi [...]

Experimental nitrate treatment holds promise for water quality

In Castle Rock Township, an experimental wood chip-enhanced wetland nitrate treatment project could cut in half the amount of the pollutant entering a Vermillion River tributary. Read the article or watch the interview for information on this promising water quality [...]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Education, News|Tags: , , , , |

Winter Roads Maintenance Workshop – Oct. 10, 2017

The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization and Dakota County are hosting a Winter Roads Maintenance Workshop for road maintenance staff, contractors, property managers writing contracts, and snowplow drivers. The workshop will be held from [...]

Winter Parking Lot & Sidewalk Maintenance Workshop – Sept. 22, 2017

The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization and Dakota County are hosting a Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Workshop for property managers, snow and ice removal contractors, facilities, parks, cities, schools, and malls. The workshop [...]

Turfgrass Maintenance Workshop – July 18, 2017

The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization and Dakota County are hosting a Turfgrass Maintenance Workshop for property managers, groundskeepers, and other commercial and public turf managers. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m.­-2 [...]

April VRWJPO meeting is canceled

The April 27, 2017, Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization meeting is canceled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is May, 25, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., [...]

April 13th, 2017|Categories: News|

Owners of resorts, campgrounds, and rental businesses required to take aquatic invasive species training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Lake service provider businesses [...]

February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Education, News, Recreation, Workshop|Tags: , , , , |

Job Posting: Environmental Specialist, Public Outreach & Communication

The Environmental Resources Department is seeking a motivated self-starter who is able to manage and self-perform work tasks within the Environmental Specialist classification. They desire a candidate that has practical experience managing complex work projects [...]

5 Clean Water Fund grants awarded to VRWJPO

Cleaner, clearer water. Healthier lakes, rivers, and streams. Thanks to Minnesota's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO) has received five Clean Water Fund (CWF) grants that total [...]

Road (salt) warriors at work

They brave the elements under the worst weather conditions. They arrive early, stay late, pull double shifts, and know how to dress for the polar vortex. If you haven't slipped on an icy sidewalk this [...]

New DNR map of designated trout streams

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reviewed its trout stream designations in the Vermillion River Watershed. The DNR designated four stream reaches flowing into the Vermillion River's South Branch as trout streams. The DNR [...]

Landscape for the river; craft brew for you

Join the Vermillion Stewards and Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) for a workshop, "Landscape for the River," on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, 6-8 p.m., in a new venue -- the Angry Inch Brewery in [...]

Fall brings fowl hunting season

Daylight shortens, air temperatures cool, and Minnesota's hunting season for waterfowl (ducks, coots, geese, and woodcock) begins Sept. 24, 2016. Make sure you know the latest waterfowl hunting regulations. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources [...]

Pollinator gardens are all the buzz

Volunteers worked hard this summer in the Vermillion River Watershed to restore critical habitat to an essential ecological group -- the pollinators. Pollinators, such as bees, birds, bats, butterflies, moths, and beetles, move pollen from flower to [...]

Farmington make-and-take rainbarrel workshop

Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) and Vermillion Stewards for a "make and take" rainbarrel workshop on Tuesday, August 23, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington. Learn about water-friendly lawn and [...]

Tour prairie restoration at the Fair

Just south of the Dakota County Fairgrounds is a beautiful example of a prairie and wetland restoration. Tour this prairie habitat via trolley on weekdays during the Dakota County Fair, August 8-14. Dakota County Soil [...]

Jump in! Citizen stream monitors needed

For several years, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizen Stream Monitoring Program has engaged water-loving citizens statewide in tracking water quality in their favorite river or stream. Now the Dakota County Soil and Water [...]

Restoration success webinar

The University of Minnesota Restoring Minnesota Cooperative created a restoration success webinar about how to design a thorough environmental restoration plan, including implementation, photo-monitoring, maintenance scheduling, and landowner commitments. The webinar features Wiley Buck, restoration [...]

Contaminants of Emerging Concern in MN

The U.S. Geological Survey and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency released a joint study of “contaminants of emerging concern” in Minnesota groundwater. The contaminants detected in groundwater include personal care products, caffeine, a nicotine derivative, DEET [...]

April 15th, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |