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  • 15 Nov 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    This year's MGWA conference will take place on November 15th, at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus.  For more information and to register click here

  • 11 Oct 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    More and more property owners are seeking to replace their traditional 

    lawn with an alternative that is beautiful, eco-friendly, and low-maintenance.  Learn more about turf options and installation at this FREE event!  Register by Wednesday, October 4th by sending your name, organization, title, email address, and phone number to or call 651-229-2426.

    : Wednesday, October 11th from 6:30 - 8:30pm

    Where: Cascade Meadow Wetland & Environmental Learning Center, 2900 19th Street NW, Rochester

  • 08 Oct 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Enjoy a relaxing fall morning floating along the Zumbro River with great company.  Join AARP on the Zumbro River Float! This is a free event and you need not be an AARP member, but there are only 55 spots.  For more information and to register:

  • 26 Sep 2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Rochester has implemented many different best management practies (BMPs) to mitiage the impacts of development or address specific water quality issues.  The BMPs vary according to regulatory requirements at the time of construciton, treatment area and physical site conditions and/or constraints.  The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss the types of BMPs that are relied upon by the City of Rochester to provide water quality treatment and the associated benefits of each including an overall assessment of treatment efficiencies.  The presentation will also focus on the future of stormwater management within the City of Rochester and emphasis on green infrastructure.

    Presented by Troy Erickson, Stormwater Engineer for the City of Rochester

    Date: September 26th, 2017

    Time: 7 - 8:30pm

    Place: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Learning Center, 2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901

    Cost: FREE. No reservations are necessary.

  • 19 Sep 2017 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Location: 21609 Old US-14, Dodge Center, MN 55927

    Description: Plowville - click for more information

  • 30 Jun 2017 12:52 AM | Anonymous

    Just East of Byron, MN on Tuesday, July 11th, we've planned a cover crops, no-till and soil health filed tour. We hope you can make it. We'll visit with three innovative Byron-area farmers, Martin Larsen, Tom Pyfferoen and Curt Tvedt.

    July 11th*: Cover Crops, No-till & Soil Health Field Tour

    *Please note this has been rescheduled from the 13th*

    For the event flyer, click here

    Three local row crop farmers will be showing their no-till and cover crop operations on July 11th from 9 am to noon. Look for signs and car caravan will follow. We will meet at the Larsen's farm 7604 14th St NW Byron, MN 55920, which is about 2 mile East of Byron and 5 miles West of Rochester. Martin Larsen is a no-till farmer and works for the Olmsted County SWCD. He will be describing his experiences in no-till and cover crops, and how he interseeding of cover crops into v6 corn both on his own farm and the SWCD plot. We will also be showcasing an eye opening slake test to show the benefits of soil structure and water infiltration. The next stop will be at Tom Pyfferoen's farm, and Tom will discuss the do's and dont's of beginning no-till. Making sure the planter is setup for no-till planting is vitally important, and Tom can walk us through the process. He will also discuss how he planted corn into green rye this year. Curt Tvedt will wrap up the day by showing us some of the experiments he is trying out on his farm to improve his soil health. We will examine his planting of soybeans that he seeded into 4-5 foot tall rye and then rolled 7 days later!

    If you are still hungry for more discussion, you can join us after the field day for lunch at the Bears Den in Byron, MN. Please RSVP by July 9th to Shona Snater at 507-523-3366 or by email at

  • 01 May 2017 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    From: Garness Jennifer <>
    Date: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 3:19 PM
    Subject: Rochester Comprehensive Plan - community engagement sessions





    Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department 2122 Campus Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904


    April 26, 2017



    Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department to host comprehensive plan community engagement sessions


    The City of Rochester is updating our Comprehensive Plan. The document, Planning 2 Succeed (P2S), is intended to guide the growth of the entire city, particularly as concerns land use and transportation. This plan is a strategic document; not only does it describe the community’s vision, it provides a framework of goals and policies that put the plan to work.


    P2S is now in the review and editing stage. Planning Staff invites the public to attend one of these engagement sessions, learn about the vision and framework, and provide input. The sessions will be identical. The session times and locations are listed below. If you have questions, please contact Sandi Goslee or Jeff Ellerbusch at 328-7100 or





    Tuesday, May 16

    6:30-8:30 p.m.

    125 LIVE – River Room (use main entrance)
    125 Elton Hills Dr. NW


    Please note that this is NOT a 125 LIVE sponsored event.


    Thursday, May 18

    2:30-4:30 p.m.

    Rochester Public Library Auditorium
    101 2nd St. SE


    Visit our P2S web site at:




  • 27 Apr 2017 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    Reel Paddling Film Festival!

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    7:00 pm

    Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center

    2900--19th St. NW, Rochester, MN

    Purchase tickets at the door $15 or in advance at Tyrol Ski and Sports $12, Student Tickets $8

    See amazing films of canoe adventures, rivers, and the amazing outdoors. All proceeds benefit the Zumbro Watershed Partnership.

  • 17 Apr 2017 2:01 PM | Anonymous


    April 17, 2017


    News Release

    Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better!

    Pick-up locations still available – Sign-up today

    This Saturday, April 22 marks the start of the 11th Annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Clean-up Event! Volunteers, participating alone or with a group, are encouraged to collect litter in Rochester anytime between April 22 – 29. Trash and recycling bags are provided, all you need to do is pick a location, pick a date, and pick it up! Pick up locations are still available. Registration information, maps and more can be found Participants can help encourage others to participate by sharing photos of their group in action on Facebook using the tag #litterbitbetter.


    Over 122 tons of litter has been picked up by volunteers in the past 10 years of A Litter Bit Better! events. Not only have these efforts removed trash from the environment, but it has also prevented litter as clean environments discourage littering. Litter-free landscapes also make our community a healthy place to be. Help us break the litter cycle by participating in the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Clean-up Event.


    Litter makes our city look bad and pollutes our water resources. For the 11th year in a row, thousands of citizens will join forces to prevent pollution and remove litter from parks, neighborhoods and businesses in Rochester during this weeklong event. Will you be one of them?


    Everyone can Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! including children, adults, businesses, church groups, boy and girl scouts, neighborhood associations, and others. Litter pickups are easy, rewarding, and fun! Be part of something big –Registration is open at





    Megan Moeller

    Communications Coordinator

    Rochester Public Works Department

    201 4th Street SE, Room 108, Rochester, MN, 55904

    direct: 507-328-2436

    main: 507-328-2400

    Facebook: @RochesterMNPublicWorks

  • 06 Apr 2017 2:03 PM | Anonymous


    Stormwater Presents Speaker Series: 
    The Water Source Project – Identifying Drinking Water Sources in Olmsted County 


    Contact:   Megan Moeller
    Communications Coordinator, Public Works Department

                        507-328-2436 or


    The goal of the Water Source Project is to identify the water source for each residential and business address in Olmsted County. Knowing water sources is especially critical during emergency responses. Each address is linked to the Unique# of a well contained in the online Minnesota Well Index (MWI) or to a community water supply. If the address is served by a private well not currently in the MWI, information is gathered on the well location and construction. Sources of well information include County records, contact with well owners, and if needed, site visits.

    Presentation by Terry Lee, Water Resources Manager for Olmsted County Environmental Resources


    Date:     April 25, 2017

    Time:     7-8:30pm

    Place:    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Cascade Meadow

                    2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901

    Cost:      Free. No reservations are necessary.


    The Stormwater Presents Speaker Series is a monthly program featuring topics related to stormwater management in the City of Rochester. This program is FREE of charge and no registrations are required. All presentations are held in Rochester at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota - Cascade Meadow (2900 - 19th Street NW).


    All programs are subject to change. Full presentation descriptions and up-to-date information can be found


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