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Okabena-Ocheda Watershed looks to future

December 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District (OOWD) met in its last regular session of 2014 on Tuesday to discuss, among other things, plans for 2015.

The board began discussing projects for next year to make the organization more visible…continue reading on

Lake Okabena’s health to be addressed

September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


WORTHINGTON — For years, people have debated just what or who is contributing phosphorus to the waters of Lake Okabena that lead to the stinky, unsightly algal blooms during the summer months.
Without accurate data from pollutant sources…continue reading on

Drainage dilemma

June 5, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

Despite township board approval, watershed district says project cannot stayWORTHINGTON A rural Worthington landowner will be asked to restore a culvert that runs underneath a township road in Indian Lake Township after proceeding with the work without a permit from the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District. Continue Reading

Swimming in sewage: Grant funds available to upgrade septic systems

April 25, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Looking for a new place to canoe, kayak, swim and fish in Minnesota? One may be on its way, at least for future generations. Douglas County has entered into an agreement with Chippewa County and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for a Minnesota clean water partnership project. Continue Reading

Invasive species program set

April 3, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON The Heron Lake Watershed District (HLWD), in partnership with the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District (OOWD) and the Lake Okabena Improvement Association, will host a public information meeting regarding aquatic invasive species at 7 p.m., April 23 in the Farmer’s Room at the Nobles County Government Center, 318 Ninth St., Worthington. Continue Reading

Watershed prepares for invasives

February 10, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

Zebra mussels, carp, and algal blooms to be tackled
WORTHINGTON From keeping invasive species like zebra mussels out of local lakes, researching ways to reduce the number and duration of algal blooms and finding ways to rid lakes of common carp, the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District has a lot of work before it in the coming year.
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Senior adviser to Secretary of Interior tours Minnesota River

November 15, 2012 in West Central Tribune

GRANITE FALLS More than two decades of work to clean up the Minnesota River has brought together a diverse partnership of stakeholders in the state’s namesake watershed, and produced something once unimaginable.
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Sauk River Watershed meeting held

September 11, 2012 in The Osakis Review

A detailed report on the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study conducted on Smith, Faille and Osakis lakes was discussed on August 28 at the Osakis High School auditorium.
The meeting was hosted by the Sauk River Watershed District and facilitated by Joe Bischoff, consultant with Wenck Associates Engineering Firm. About 40 people attended the meeting, which is part of the process of determining nutrient sources going into the three lakes, and what to do about them. Continue Reading

Watershed district hosting lunch speaker Thursday in Belgrade, Minn.

July 11, 2012 in West Central Tribune

BROOTEN The North Fork Crow River Watershed District will host an agricultural presentation “The View from the Tractor Seat” at 11 a.m. Thursday at the VFW in Belgrade. Continue Reading

Watershed ID’s projects to benefit Lake Okabena

January 4, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON With $300,000 available from the county’s Clean Water Partnership fund and the potential to access more money from the city’s sale of the hospital in Worthington, managers of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District went to work Tuesday to identify projects to benefit water quality in Lake Okabena. Continue Reading

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