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Mankato’s popular Songs on the Lawn program returns Thursday at 11 a.m. to Civic Center Plaza. The free two-hour summer event series features music, activities and local food vendors.
The musical program is as follows:
• June 2: Space Hug (independent pop rock).
• June 9: Holly Rocka Rollaz (rockabilly/American debut).
• June 16: Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League (up-tempo/swing jazz).
• June 23: City Mouse (Americana).
• June 30: Stacy K (folk rock).
Watershed celebration planned
Le Sueur River watershed neighbors and conservation partners will meet from 5-7:30 p.m. June 6 at McGowan’s Farm, 20001 Hawkeye Lane, to learn about the health of the rivers and lakes in the watershed. of the Le Sueur River.
The free event is open to the public. Participants can spend time along the banks of the Le Sueur River to explore and learn about the animals and plants that live in the watershed. Pie will be served.
Citizen leaders and conservation partners posted along the route will provide participants with information about the watershed. Participating agencies include fisheries personnel and hydrologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Blue Earth County Historical Society staff will share local history while county, state, and federal staff provide information on conservation programs, soil health, and a watershed planning effort .
Event sponsors include The Sueur River Watershed Network, a citizen-led group of farmers, recreational users, landowners and local conservation partners who focus on raising awareness and improving the health of the watershed.
Located in south-central Minnesota, the Le Sueur River flows 111 miles from Freeborn County through parts of Waseca, Faribault, and Blue Earth counties. Its main tributaries are the Cobb and Maple rivers.
For more information about the event, call the Water Resources Center at 389-5492 or email an inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPCA is looking for volunteer water testers
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is looking for volunteers in the Mankato area to help track water quality.
Outdoor enthusiasts and those interested in helping protect our state’s natural resources can register at several high-priority sites.
The MPCA relies on Minnesota residents to help monitor Minnesota’s more than 12,000 lakes and 92,000 miles of rivers.
Volunteers measure water clarity in many lakes and streams and report to the agency. Testers agree to perform a water clarity test in a body of water twice a month during the summer.
The lake monitors the boat or paddle to a designated spot in the lake to check for clarity, while stream monitors record data from the bank or a bridge crossing it. The agency provides all the equipment and training, so no experience is necessary.
The MPCA uses the data to help determine if lakes and streams are meeting water quality standards designed to protect aquatic life and recreational activities like fishing and swimming. In some cases, the information collected by volunteers is the only monitoring done on a particular lake or stream.
For more information about the program and how to sign up as a volunteer, visit: