The following photos are from 2008 projects in the Lake Agassiz RC&D area.
2008 Energy Tour - Statewide
In July 2008, the ND RC&D Coordinators and Council members toured several energy projects near Morris, Minnesota. The tour started at the sight of a wind turbine where the University of Minnesota not only generates energy, but also experiments with various field plantings. The next stop was a full tour of the biofuel plant right on campus. At the Morris Agricultural Research Station, attendees learned about alternative plants for oil such as cuphea and calendula which are commonly used in gardens. The tour continued onto Brooten to see a methane digester in action at the family farm. On the following day, several speakers educated the group on the current changes in energy.
2008 Farm Rescue - Statewide
Farm Rescue is a nonprofit organization that helps family farmers bridge crises so they have an opportunity to continue viable operations. Their mission is to provide planting and harvesting assistance to farm families that have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster. Qualifying farmers may be eligible to have their agricultural land planted or harvested free of charge. Farm Rescue was the brainchild of Bill Gross, a pilot for UPS from North Dakota, who worked with the Sheyenne James RC&D to develop a plan in 2005 and assisted a few farmers that year. By 2008, Farm Rescue recieved national recognition through several media stories and helped over 30 farmers with spring and fall fieldwork. Go to www.farmrescue.org for more information. A true example of a RC&D Success story.
2008 Geology Tour - Richland
The Geology tour was sponsored by the Richland Soil Conservation District. Two busloads of hard rock'n students toured several stops in the region. Speakers addressed the geologic history of the land and described how the land was formed.
2008 Kensington Riparian tour
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2008 Lake Tobiason
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2008 Klefstad Pool
The Klefstad Pool in Forman was in a state of disrepair. There were cracks in the pool causing leaks and the overall look needed an update. Through a fundraising drive and the hard work of volunteers, they now have a wonderfull new pool which serves over 3,000 swimmers per season.
2008 Japanese Gardens
In 2005, the Northern Plains Botanical Society embarked on a long journey to create a extensive arboretum and display gardens in north Fargo. Lake Agassiz has assisted with this project through a grant for the exhaust fan in the greenhouse and through planting trees on the grounds. Future projects include the building of an arboretum and ponds.
2008 Rain Gardens
A Cass County Soil Conservation District installed demonstration rain gardens to educate the public about the benefits. Rain gardens can improve water quality, help to minimize flooding and drainage problems. The project also educated participants about problems related to lawn fertilizers, spilled oil and other harmful substances.
2008 Kid's Safety Town
Kindred held a Kid's Safety Town demonstrating swimming safey, first aid, and bike safety. The local ATA (Ti Kwon Do) taught Stranger Danger and self-defense. Over 25 kids attended and the event was a great success.