TERRE BLEUE– Members of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) attended the Faribault County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday to review the department’s activities in the county.
“Our mission is to work with the people of Minnesota to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, and to enable commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a quality of sustainable life”, DNR Southern Region Director Scott Roemhildt said.
MNR Clean Water Specialist Brooke Hacker spoke specifically about what the department has accomplished in Faribault County.
“One of the successes we would like to highlight is the continued management of the shallow lakes that we lead at Rice Lake,” Hacker commented. “It works to enhance the natural system in a row crop production landscape.”
Hacker also touted some of the fishing opportunities available in the county.
“The Blue Earth River and its tributaries are renowned for exceptional walleye and northern pike fishing,” she mentioned. “Walleye fry are stocked annually while river catfish were stocked in 2021 and will be stocked again in 2022. Bass Lake is a stable, quality fishing lake with public access and a history of production of black crappie, bluegill, northern pike, largemouth bass, channel catfish and walleye.
She concluded her comments by thanking the residents of Faribault County for their collaboration with the MNR.
“Partnerships and the willingness for new approaches help achieve multiple goals,” Hacker explained. “This county has been a leader in its ongoing efforts to incorporate water storage to help alleviate issues with ditches and rivers being stretched to capacity.”
In other cases:
–The board approved the FY 2021 Emergency Management Grant Agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
– Approval of a bid, in the amount of $7,300, by Ramsey Excavating Company for the removal of an underground fuel tank from the courthouse.