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To conserve and enhance the natural resources of Anoka County.
We do this by:

  • conducting monitoring and analysis,
  • informing landowners and local government in natural resource management, and
  • leveraging technical and financial resources to promote natural resource stewardship practices
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
To protect the health of our staff and the communities we serve in light of recent developments with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, our office is following closely the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We want to proactively inform our communities of the steps Anoka Conservation District is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19:
  1. Practice 6-foot social distancing.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly and frequently.
  3. Minimize contact with others and use alternatives to handshakes.
  4. Limit attendance at non-essential functions and meetings. Attend remotely if possible.
  5. Provide a means of remote participation when hosting meetings.
  6. Provide employee discretion to work remotely if possible.
  7. Require all staff with any cold or flu symptoms to stay home.
  8. Frequently disinfect often-used surfaces such as door handles and light switches.
At this time, our office remains open to the public. However, please consider calling prior to visiting in person and observe our social distancing precautions.

As the situation continues to develop, our policies may require updates, so please stay tuned. We are committed to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and will take precautions as recommended by the CDC and MDH. Learn more here.
NEW Location for 2020 ACD Tree Sale
This year, pick up dates for the ACD Tree Sale are Friday April 24 (3pm - 6pm) and Saturday April 25 (8am - Noon) at the ACD Office Lower Lot. There will also be an open sale on Saturday from 8am - Noon. You do not need to be an Anoka County resident to order. Call (763) 434-2030 or go online to order:
Click Here to Pre-Order Your Trees!
Trim Oak Trees to Prevent the Spread of Oak Wilt
Oak wilt is becoming an increasing problem in Minnesota and kills off a large number of oaks every year. Thankfully, effective management techniques exist.

Oak wilt in a healthy tree will begin wilting the canopy. This usually starts at the top of the tree and spreads downward. In Red Oaks, the deterioration process can take as little as 4 weeks. In White Oaks, the disease may come back every year, but death of the tree could take up to 5 years or longer after the initial symptoms appear.

Healthy oak trees are usually infected by the fungus's ability to move underground through the roots of nearby trees that have grafted together. In general, trees more than 50 feet apart are less likely to be infected through grafted roots. Sap beetles also transport the disease above ground by moving from an infected tree to a healthy one.

The beetles are attracted to fresh wounds in healthy trees, and these wounds offer an introduction point for the fungus. Trimming or cutting healthy oaks from the months of November through March helps to prevent fresh wounds in healthy trees when the beetles are active. Trimming away dead and dying branches during this period can help prevent oak wilt spreading from neighboring areas to your trees. If your oak trees still need trimming before this spring, be sure to do it before the end of March. April 1 through July 15 is considered the high risk period, and all trimming of oaks should be avoided. Other techniques to stop the spread of oak wilt include: avoid moving firewood from known infected areas, timely removal and disposal of infected trees, and the use of fungicide when necessary. Many times, multiple approaches are necessary to slow or eradicate the problem. Meeting with a local tree care provider can help create a management plan that will be effective on your property.
Carp Management Grant Awarded
A $148,000 Clean Water Fund grant has been awarded to ACD for carp management at Linwood, Martin, and Typo Lakes and is set to begin in 2020. Contributions from the Martin Lakers Association, Linwood Lake Association, and the Sunrise Watershed Management Organization will assist in funding the project.
Carp populations can quickly grow to devastating levels if left unmanaged. Carp management over the last three years removed enough carp from the lakes to reach halfway to our water quality improvement goal. This grant will fund three more years of efforts that will improve water quality, reduce seasonal algae blooms, and improve habitat for game fish. The state took notice of the success of the current program and saw that continued work in this area should be a priority, ranking #3 out of nearly 100 applications statewide. 
New Communication Tool:
“Our Groundwater Connection: Contamination”
The second in a series of videos about groundwater was published on March 3rd, 2020. "Our Groundwater Connection: Contamination" is a follow-up to the original "Our Groundwater Connection" video published on June 11th, 2019. 
The project was made possible by members of the Water Resource Outreach Collaborative, who pooled their resources to create a high quality product with minimal financial stress on any one organization. Partners from Washington County Public Health and Environment and the Minnesota Department of Health also provided input and support for the project.

Watch on the video on YouTube by searching "Our Groundwater Connection: Contamination," or by clicking here:
Unused Well Abandonment Cost-Share Grant
ACD was recently awarded $240,000 in Clean Water Funds to assist landowners with the cost of sealing up to 125 unused wells. In 2015, Anoka County identified more than 2,300 properties in Drinking Water Supply Management Areas (DWSMAs) that have a high potential of having an unused/unsealed well (see map below). These wells pose a risk to human health by providing a direct conduit for contaminants at the surface to reach deep groundwater drinking water supplies. ACD will conduct targeted outreach to landowners in high priority areas (i.e. within DWSMAs) to incentivize hiring a licensed professional to seal unused wells. Learn more here.
Rum River Cedar Tree Revetments
ACD helped Anoka County Parks write and receive a grant from the Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program, funded by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, to install cedar tree revetments along the Rum River. Over the next three years, grant and local matching funds totaling over $200k will be used to stabilized moderately eroding banks along the Rum River utilizing cedar tree revetments, helping to curb that erosion and prevent the need for larger projects in the future. Cedar tree revetments are a low impact, bioengineering practice that stabilizes streambanks by anchoring cut cedar trees along the scouring bank, preventing further erosion.
ACD has installed over 20 of these projects along the Rum River in the past, but a large need remains. See our Project Story Map here.
Mississippi River Community Park Riverbank Stabilization Grant
On behalf of the City of Anoka, ACD prepared a Clean Water Fund grant application to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to stabilize 1,469 feet of severely eroding riverbank in the Mississippi River Community Park. 
The grant amounted to $653,326 with $163,400 in match from the City of Anoka. The project will keep 529 tons of sediment and 847 pounds of phosphorus out of the Mississippi River each year and improve water quality and habitat.
Metro-wide Training Provided on
Urban Subwatershed Analysis Protocol
The Metro Conservation Districts (MCD) received a Clean Water Fund Accelerated Implementation Grant to conduct analyses that identify cost-effective water quality improvement projects for priority waterbodies. Anoka Conservation District’s Stormwater and Shoreland Specialist provided training on the urban protocol and modeling process to over 30 staff from counties, soil and water conservation districts, and watershed districts throughout the 11-County Metro. Learn more here.
Stop the Spread of Invasive Garlic Mustard
Garlic mustard is a highly aggressive invasive species, growing in woodlands and woodland edges. It is one of the first invasive species to emerge and produces flowers from May to June. It is a biennial forb, producing a basal rosette the first year and bolting to produce an elongated stalk, flowers and seed in the second year. Since garlic mustard is a biennial, the main goal is to prevent the plant from going to seed. The best way to control garlic mustard is to hand pull the entire plant (including the roots). If flowers or seed pods are present, it is necessary to compost at a facility that composts at high heat. Plants can produce viable seed even after pulled.

Garlic Mustard leaves are available very early in the spring, as soon as the ground begins to warm. Like all greens, leaves taste better when leaves are young and before the plant has bolted. Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and have a mild garlic and mustard flavor.

Important! Never eat wild plants unless you are certain about identification. Some plants are poisonous. Know the site rules about harvesting plants on public and private lands. Don't consume plants from areas that were treated with herbicides.
Making Sense of the Dollars - 2019 Review
ACD turns cents into dollars through partnerships and by leveraging local funds to bring in money from regional and state sources. In 2019, ACD implemented 68 projects and program supported by 26 distinct funding sources. Look back at ACD's 2019 revenues and expenses here.
Upcoming Events

April 9th 2020
Turfgrass Maintenance Certification Workshop - Webinar!
Register by contacting Britta Dornfeld at the Coon Creek Watershed District: 

April 30th 2020
Blue Thumb Lawns to Legumes Landowner Workshop
*Webinar registration coming soon - Stay tuned!

July 18th 2020
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Hemingson Prairie Tour: Planting for the Future!
17181 Bittersweet Street NW, Andover
Register Here
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