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Rain Gardens For Winona  After renovating a 1965 house at the foot of a Winona bluff, Chris Meyer and husband Paul Schollmeier got curious about runoff.

Connected To the River In Wabasha an old alley & abandoned commercial land now attract people & protect the Mississippi.

Creative, Practical Vision — In Eyota, a park board’s view of community includes natural places for people & storm water management.

Investing In the Future — Lynn & Karen Zabel’s new freestall barn will improve herd health & manure management, make way for next generation.

Natural Benefits — In a high traffic area near Lake Winona, Sugar Loaf Senior Living brings nature to residents using storm water basins.

Productive Routine — Commitment to solid profitability, soil quality and minimal runoff drive Dan Brandt’s farm plan.

A New Approach — Above Whitewater State Park near St. Charles, Brad and Shelley Schrandt create a “whole systems” approach to life and farming.

Simple, Timely Action — When Hoff Funeral Services moved in 2009, rain gardens became an easy addition to parking lot design.

Accruing Benefits — Laverne and Arlene Nelson’s integrated farming system supports two families and inspires best practices around them.

Ponds Above Whitewater Protect Soil, River — The Heim Family uses basins, waterways, buffers & cover crops to benefit their livelihood and a beloved place.

Family Reshapes Farm Good water & home-grown barley, hops, herbs & other local ingredients are making Imperial Farm’s Olvalde Farmhouse Ales popular statewide.

Care For What We Share | The Watershed Approach Some tasks can’t be done alone. Minnesota’s Watershed Restoration & Protection Strategies are helping Minnesotans work smarter and better for water quality.

What Is a Watershed District? Our Stockton-Rollingstone-Minnesota City Watershed District was established in 1958. Floods ravaged the area in summer 1957, and local residents wanted to take action.


Cultivating Solutions: Farmer-Led Council

The first of its kind in Minnesota, this council of farmers in our area is cultivating solutions to make the Whitewater River healthier for everyone.

Cultivating Solutions: Reducing Nitrates in Waters

The Whitewater Farmer-Led Council is working to reduce nitrate pollution in this beautiful and fragile watershed.

Cultivating Solutions: Reducing Bacteria in Waters

Protecting drinking water and streams from bacteria is one goal of the Whitewater Farmer-Led Council.

Cultivating Solutions: Clearing Up Waters

Our Farmer-Led Council is choosing farm practices to help clear up the Whitewater River and its tributaries so they remain great places for trout fishing and other recreation.


During Watershed Restoration & Protection Strategies development a quarterly publication was distributed throughout the watershed as an insert in the Winona Post and the Advertiser.

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