Neighborhood Spotlight: Bob Winkler

Neighborhood Spotlight: Bob Winkler

Posted on September 17, 2020
A local resident shares his experience in winter maintenance and adopt-a-drain.

Introducing the Junior Watershed Explorer Program

Introducing the Junior Watershed Explorer Program

Posted on September 10, 2020
VLAWMO is pleased to offer this engaging, family-friendly activity book for students, families, and kids of all ages!

Floodplain Friday Series

Floodplain Friday Series

Posted on September 9, 2020
A four-part video series taking a closer look at floodplain management and the Lambert Lake meander project.

Wildlife in the Watershed

Wildlife in the Watershed

Posted on July 27, 2020
A new StoryMap about VLAWMO watershed wildlife.

Faces of Wetlands: Flying Squirrel

Faces of Wetlands: Flying Squirrel

Posted on July 15, 2020
One of a series of articles that draws connections between wetlands and the human community.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Conrad and Stacey

Neighborhood Spotlight: Conrad and Stacey

Posted on June 25, 2020
Take a close-up look at Conrad and Stacey's Birch Lake shoreline restoration.

Welcoming Phil to VLAWMO

Welcoming Phil to VLAWMO

Posted on May 19, 2020
Phil Belfiori joins VLAWMO as Watershed Administrator, bringing 25 years of experience in the field.

Frog and Toad Story Map

Frog and Toad Story Map

Posted on April 16, 2020
Journey through the watershed from the comfort of home! This frog and toad story map takes a look at what species are in the watershed, how to identify them by sound, and what they mean for environmental health.

Lake Fact Sheets and Health Scales

Lake Fact Sheets and Health Scales

Posted on March 26, 2020
Lake fact sheets and health (TSI) scales updated with 2019 water quality data.

Faces of Wetlands: Spring Peeper

Faces of Wetlands: Spring Peeper

Posted on March 19, 2020
A series of articles that draws connections between wetlands and the human community.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Sharon and Peter

Neighborhood Spotlight: Sharon and Peter

Posted on March 9, 2020
A suburban oasis: Take an up-close look at Sharon and Peter's stormwater drainage, lo-mow lawn, and native prairie planting.

Faces of Wetlands: The Dragonfly

Faces of Wetlands: The Dragonfly

Posted on March 4, 2020
This article is one in a series that draws connection between wetlands and the human community.

Watershed Steward Award: Winner & Honorable Mention

Watershed Steward Award: Winner & Honorable Mention

Posted on February 27, 2020
Congratulations to Diane Gorder, who was nominated and voted as our first annual Watershed Steward Award recipient.

Climate Change in Minnesota

Climate Change in Minnesota

Posted on December 12, 2019
A guest presentation by Peter Boulay from the Minnesota Climatology Office.

Review VLAWMO: 2019 Public Survey

Review VLAWMO: 2019 Public Survey

Posted on October 14, 2019
Our annual survey is an easy 10 questions and a major tool for planning the year ahead. Help us serve you by taking a few minutes to provide your feedback - you could win a free rainbarrel or Cherry Berry gift certificate!

Goose Lake Improvement Summary

Goose Lake Improvement Summary

Posted on October 10, 2019
An outline of the challenges and opportunities surrounding Goose Lake.

Turf Talk: Part 2 of 2

Turf Talk: Part 2 of 2

Posted on September 30, 2019
Learn about the world of turf varieties and how to choose the right type for your needs. [Video]

Faces of Wetlands: Tree Swallow

Faces of Wetlands: Tree Swallow

Posted on September 23, 2019
Take a closer look at this common but intriguing wetland songbird.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Schmidt Family

Neighborhood Spotlight: Schmidt Family

Posted on September 23, 2019
Local residents Gina and Michael sparked a passion for native plants and water quality, and found ways to blend yard care into everyday life.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Green Family

Neighborhood Spotlight: Green Family

Posted on September 12, 2019
Take a look at a local raingarden designed to collect water from the rooftop and basement.

Whitaker Treatment Wetlands: Initial Findings

Whitaker Treatment Wetlands: Initial Findings

Posted on August 20, 2019
Storm samples provide a glimpse on how the Whitaker Treatment Wetlands filter runoff.

Turf Talk: Part 1 of 2

Turf Talk: Part 1 of 2

Posted on August 1, 2019
Dan Sandor, Ph.D, presents on turf management and irrigation practices geared towards water conservation. [Video]

Lake Surveys: Summer 2019

Lake Surveys: Summer 2019

Posted on July 19, 2019
RCSWCD is working diligently to complete surveys scheduled for this summer.

Goose Lake Alum & Science Review

Goose Lake Alum & Science Review

Posted on June 27, 2019
A summary of available lake management strategies and supporting literature. Documents and a video recording from VLAWMO Board of Directors meeting on June 26, 2019.

Lambert Creek Monitoring Devices

Lambert Creek Monitoring Devices

Posted on June 24, 2019
New monitoring technology will provide real-time data along Lambert Creek.

Watershed Improvement Projects: 2019

Watershed Improvement Projects: 2019

Posted on June 19, 2019
Our cost-share program is helping residents and businesses renovate their properties while helping improve the watershed. Check out what's going in so far, and get started on a project of your own.

Faces of Wetlands: Silver-haired Bat

Faces of Wetlands: Silver-haired Bat

Posted on May 31, 2019
This furry night flyer prefers forested areas and shallow, slow-moving water... just the fit for our watershed! A look at their habits reveals a parallel with our own.

Frog and toad survey: Run #2

Frog and toad survey: Run #2

Posted on May 31, 2019
Find out what we heard on our second survey run in the watershed and listen to the calls for yourself.

Frog and toad call survey underway

Frog and toad call survey underway

Posted on April 25, 2019
VLAWMO is conducting a frog and toad call survey to better understand the health of our wetlands.

12 Tips for Spring and Summer Yardcare

12 Tips for Spring and Summer Yardcare

Posted on April 23, 2019
The grass is greening up - lawn care season is nearly here. Check out these tips to stay sharp on best practices for watershed health.

Help Track Local Otters

Help Track Local Otters

Posted on April 9, 2019
Otters are active in our watershed, but residents can help us understand where they're going and what they're up to. Have you seen an otter or signs of otters?

2018 Annual Report & Summary

2018 Annual Report & Summary

Posted on April 5, 2019
What did we do last year? Check out our full annual report, the annual report summary, water monitoring summary, and a slideshow.

Who Lives in the Watershed? Part 2

Who Lives in the Watershed? Part 2

Posted on February 27, 2019
Trailcam footage from Vadnais/Sucker Regional Park.

Faces of Wetlands: Great Blue Heron

Faces of Wetlands: Great Blue Heron

Posted on February 26, 2019
An addition to our series on plants and animals found in Minnesota wetlands.

Faces of Wetlands: Star-nosed Mole

Faces of Wetlands: Star-nosed Mole

Posted on December 31, 2018
A closer look at the plants and animals of local wetlands.

Land Use Over the Decades

Land Use Over the Decades

Posted on December 14, 2018
Landuse slideshows show how our watershed has changed over decades. These images and other studies are tools in our latest lake plans.

Six Tips for Smart Salting

Six Tips for Smart Salting

Posted on November 30, 2018
Winter has arrived - be ready with these smart salting tips.

Who Lives in the Watershed?

Who Lives in the Watershed?

Posted on November 30, 2018
Photos from remote cameras placed at Tamarack Nature Center.

Faces of Wetlands: Tamarack

Faces of Wetlands: Tamarack

Posted on November 19, 2018
This charismatic tree is rich in natural history as well as symbolism.

End-of-year Survey

End-of-year Survey

Posted on November 16, 2018
You're invited to help us wrap-up 2018. Responses help us plan for improved water resource management.

Watershed Phenology

Watershed Phenology

Posted on October 3, 2018
Phenology is the study of environmental changes over time. Here's how you can try it out at home or at a nearby lake!

5 Ways to Volunteer this Fall

5 Ways to Volunteer this Fall

Posted on October 1, 2018
Ever wonder what you can do for local water quality? There's probably something that works for you!

New Lake Fact Sheets

New Lake Fact Sheets

Posted on October 1, 2018
Take a virtual tour of the watershed with our new lake fact sheets!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Connie Winterhalter

Neighborhood Spotlight: Connie Winterhalter

Posted on October 1, 2018
A local water quality leader tells the story of her backyard pond.

Faces of Wetlands: White Bear Sedge

Faces of Wetlands: White Bear Sedge

Posted on September 10, 2018
A look at a unique wetland sedge with a local flare.

Neighborhood Spotlight: White Bear Montessori

Neighborhood Spotlight: White Bear Montessori

Posted on August 29, 2018
How stormwater improvements transformed a local school and enhanced student experience.

Faces of Wetlands: Great Egret

Faces of Wetlands: Great Egret

Posted on July 31, 2018
A closer look at a the history and ecology of a common wetland character.

Organic Lawn Care Yields Field of Dreams

Organic Lawn Care Yields Field of Dreams

Posted on July 6, 2018
It’s hard to believe that three years ago — before their organic lawn care practices began — the backyard “was a disaster.”

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kate Winsor

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kate Winsor

Posted on June 29, 2018
A special feature on a native woodland planting in North Oaks.

Whitaker Treatment Wetlands: How does it work?

Whitaker Treatment Wetlands: How does it work?

Posted on June 1, 2018
The Whitaker Wetlands project is currently doing tests to prepare for its first summer of monitoring. Check out this video for a look at how it works.

Faces of Wetlands: Northern Waterthrush

Faces of Wetlands: Northern Waterthrush

Posted on May 8, 2018
The latest edition from our series featuring plants and animals found in our local wetlands.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Beth Fruehling

Neighborhood Spotlight: Beth Fruehling

Posted on May 2, 2018
A look at how Beth took on her own raingarden project on a budget. As a result, she now enjoys improved yard drainage and visits from pollinators.

Preview of the Winter Maintenance Assessment Tool

Preview of the Winter Maintenance Assessment Tool

Posted on April 25, 2018
This tool from the MPCA allows cities and contractors to track winter maintenance activities over time, analyze cost comparisons, and participate in state-wide strategizing concerning winter maintenance.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Glander Family

Neighborhood Spotlight: Glander Family

Posted on March 28, 2018
A look at the gardens and projects that are actively improving stormwater runoff close to home.

Water Monitoring Slideshow

Water Monitoring Slideshow

Posted on March 23, 2018
A lake-by-lake look at our local water quality.

National Groundwater Awareness Week

National Groundwater Awareness Week

Posted on March 12, 2018
Celebrate this week by checking out some groundwater resources and information for our region.

Faces of Wetlands: Common Yellowthroat

Faces of Wetlands: Common Yellowthroat

Posted on March 9, 2018
Part two in our series on getting to know wetlands.

Road Salt: Less is More

Road Salt: Less is More

Posted on February 12, 2018
A group of citizens are talking the issue of over salting from a policy angle.

Faces of Wetlands: Mink & Muskrat

Faces of Wetlands: Mink & Muskrat

Posted on February 1, 2018
One in a series of articles that get to know the plants and animals of wetlands.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Ronna Smitherman

Neighborhood Spotlight: Ronna Smitherman

Posted on January 12, 2018
A look at the gardens and projects that are actively improving stormwater runoff close to home.

New & Enhanced Projects Map

New & Enhanced Projects Map

Posted on December 12, 2017
VLAWMO's projects and lake management information is now displayed on an easy-to-use, comprehensive map.

Whitaker Treatment Wetlands Update

Whitaker Treatment Wetlands Update

Posted on November 28, 2017
Our treatment wetlands project has been a few years in the making. This fall most of the construction was completed, and we'll be ready for action in Spring, 2018!

Sucker Channel Restoration

Sucker Channel Restoration

Posted on November 13, 2017
A look at what's been done so far at Sucker Channel. To be completed Spring, 2018.

Goose Lake Fish Survey Data

Goose Lake Fish Survey Data

Posted on October 30, 2017
Data is in! A summary of the findings from the September, 2017, fish survey at Goose Lake.

Lambert Creek: Past & Present

Lambert Creek: Past & Present

Posted on October 11, 2017
A closer look at the history of this unique water resource, and what VLAWMO's done over the years to improve it.

Charley & Wilkinson Vegetation Studies

Charley & Wilkinson Vegetation Studies

Posted on September 12, 2017
A look at maps and figures from recent vegetation surveys on some of our Northern lakes.

Goose & Wilkinson Fish Surveys

Goose & Wilkinson Fish Surveys

Posted on September 11, 2017
An early look at recent fish surveys in the watershed.

Late Summer Blooms

Late Summer Blooms

Posted on September 7, 2017
A look at what's blooming now in the watershed.

Water Science: Wetland Slime

Water Science: Wetland Slime

Posted on August 1, 2017
Have you ever noticed an orange slime in a wetland or stream? What is it, and why's it there?

VLAWMO Wildlife: Scuds

VLAWMO Wildlife: Scuds

Posted on June 23, 2017
A look at a tiny but important part of our aquatic food chain.

Rainbarrels Herald Spring

Rainbarrels Herald Spring

Posted on May 23, 2017
A convenient, practical, and water-savvy tool for any yard.

Lambert Creek - Kohler Bend Restoration

Lambert Creek - Kohler Bend Restoration

Posted on May 1, 2017
A closer look at one of our Lambert Creek shoreline restorations.

Spring Cleaning with Allina Health Nurses

Spring Cleaning with Allina Health Nurses

Posted on April 20, 2017
A local partnership striving for holistic health.

Water Science: Bathymetry

Water Science: Bathymetry

Posted on April 10, 2017
A look into some recent studies on Charley and Wilkinson Lakes.

VLAWMO Wildlife: Red-winged Black Birds

VLAWMO Wildlife: Red-winged Black Birds

Posted on March 17, 2017
Now arriving for Spring - Here's a closer look at one of the most common birds in VLAWMO wetlands.

VLAWMO Board Member Tours the Mississippi from Above

VLAWMO Board Member Tours the Mississippi from Above

Posted on February 28, 2017
A look into Board member Marty Long's helicopter tour of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

Water Science: Salt, Lakes, and Fish

Water Science: Salt, Lakes, and Fish

Posted on February 15, 2017
The latest video from VLAWMO's water monitoring crew - how does road salt impact lakes?

VLAWMO Wildlife: Dobsonflies

VLAWMO Wildlife: Dobsonflies

Posted on December 29, 2016
A closer look at the largest aquatic insect found across the Eastern US - including in our watershed.

Ready for Winter: Free Salt Measuring Cups

Ready for Winter: Free Salt Measuring Cups

Posted on December 7, 2016
Help keep our lakes and wetlands on a "low-salt" diet.

Zebra Mussel Removal

Zebra Mussel Removal

Posted on November 15, 2016
Removing invasive species at the Sucker Lake channel, which feeds into Vadnais Lake

Fall Lawn Care

Fall Lawn Care

Posted on November 9, 2016
Join us in planning for water-friendly lawn care that's easy, helpful, and affordable. Most of all, it works!

Floating Island Wetland Research Study

Floating Island Wetland Research Study

Posted on September 30, 2016
How do floating islands clean stormponds and other small water bodies? Can floating islands be a stormwater tool in VLAWMO for the future? This exciting study in Vadnais Heights will tell us much about this new technology. Stay tuned in 2017 for the research results.

Water Stewardship Pledge

Water Stewardship Pledge

Posted on September 16, 2016
Governor Dayton invites all Minnesotans to take the Water Stewardship Pledge.

White Bear Montessori Partnership

White Bear Montessori Partnership

Posted on September 14, 2016
The project of summer, 2016 - a stormwater retrofit at the White Bear Montessori.

VIDEO: Introduction to Water Flowage in VLAWMO

VIDEO: Introduction to Water Flowage in VLAWMO

Posted on August 19, 2016
An introduction to VLAWMO's watershed infrastructure and the chain of lakes.

Planning for Clean Water

Planning for Clean Water

Posted on July 20, 2016
A rundown of VLAWMO's upcoming water plan.

Birch Lake Shoreline Update

Birch Lake Shoreline Update

Posted on June 22, 2016
Birch Lake has underwent a recent shoreline maintenance as well as a water quality sampling.

Welcoming Nick to VLAWMO

Welcoming Nick to VLAWMO

Posted on June 10, 2016
New staff member Nick Voss is excited to be coordinating Education and Outreach for VLAWMO.

New tools for water monitoring

New tools for water monitoring

Posted on June 1, 2016
VLAWMO's new automated stormwater sampler will help monitor nutrients and sediment coming into VLAWMO's chain of lakes, starting at Lake Wilkinson.

Rice Lake purple loosestrife control

Rice Lake purple loosestrife control

Posted on June 1, 2016
An update on the Rice Lake Purple Loosestrife control

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