If you're one of those nincompoops who's been conned into believing that words like "buffer zone" and "watershed" are shibboleths of the Agenda 21 New World Order, a marvelous new online interactive tool from the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance isn't for you.
In fact, Bluestem hopes you'll don your tinfoil hat and find somewhere as far away from the Minnesota River Basin as possible.
But if you're like the farmers, land owners, river rats and county commissioners up and down the river who've been working to make sure that Lake Pepin doesn't silt up--and dirt stays in your own pasture or field like any sane property owner would desire--the group's new Local Resource Management Scorecard is pretty nifty, packed with helpful information:
To view aggregate results from the counties in the Minnesota River Basin or to read about how the categories we chose relate to sediment, please visit our County Evaluation Overview Page. If you live in the Minnesota River Basin (in blue) you can click on your county . . .! The map also features the overlapping watersheds for every county in Minnesota; hover over your county to see.
...The mission of the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance in developing this scorecard is to:
1) Recognize county successes in remediation of sedimentation and compliance with state and local regulations and best practices.
2) Recognize accountability in monitoring and enforcement of regulation.
3) Identify county specific obstacles to reducing soil erosion and keeping water on the land.
4) Identify specific opportunities and solutions to address these obstacles.
5) Encourage cooperation and collaboration among local units of government to plan and address the unifying water quality issues of the Minnesota River Basin, where appropriate.
6) Provide a means for counties to more easily share information on their processes, funding sources, success rates, and areas in need of attention.
Go check out the scorecard, which is chock-full of great information. Here's a video from the Alliance with more information about the project:
Screenshot: the interactive map for the scorecard.
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