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Plan to attend F.R.E.S.H. in Rushford


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

If you’re interested in learning more about what makes a healthy stream, how our actions can affect water quality, and want to see how local farmers are protecting our streams, plan on attending F.R.E.S.H. (Fish-Restoration-Education-Stream-Health), a family-friendly event sponsored by the Rush-Pine Farmer-led Council.

The event will be held Saturday, October 26 at Creekside Park, 500 N Mill St., Rushford, Minn. (next to Ben Niggle Sports Complex). Depending on the federal government shutdown, we’ll begin the day at 9 a.m. with activities and games for kids. At 10:30 a.m., Justin Watkins of Minn. Pollution Control Agency will discuss what makes a healthy stream. Then, at 11 a.m., we’ll board a bus and visit a local farm that has restored their stream bank, the tour will be guided by Jeff Hastings of Trout Unlimited. We’ll return to the park at approximately 12:30 p.m. for lunch and “lightning talks” on farm safety, the nitrogen cycle, rain gardens and septic systems. The event will conclude at 1:30 p.m. Should the Federal Government still be shut down as of October, 26, the kid’s activities will be canceled and the event will begin at 10:15 a.m. with Justin Watkins’ presentation.

This event is free, though pre-registration is required, visit http://z.umn.edu/streamhealth or call 507-457-6521 and leave your name, phone number and number attending to register. Please dress appropriately as the event is being held outside.

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