Partnerships are an essential part of the work we do at the watershed district. Our city, community, regional, and state partners help enrich and expand our efforts to protect clean water. Another powerful resource watershed districts have is each other. Each district encounters different challenges, and develops different approaches to tackling them, and we can learn a great deal from each other. In June, district staff took a trip to the Pelican River Watershed District in Detroit Lakes to do just that. We got a tour of the district, learned about their history, and the issues their community faces. Like us, Pelican River works to manage invasive species. But while common carp is one of our focuses, Pelican River is dealing with Flowering Rush. An aggressive plant, Flowering Rush can outcompete natives, and small pieces of its roots that break off can spread and grow into entirely new plants. This presents a challenge for management, since physical removal attempts can actually increase spread. Pelican River is tracking herbicide treatment strategies using experimental and control plots to help understand the most effective way of managing this invasive. Learn more about their good work on their website: http://www.prwd.org/ We would like to give a big thank you to everyone at the Pelican River Watershed District for their hospitality and knowledge-sharing!
Read the entire newsletter here: July 2017 Newsletter