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April 20, 2001

St. Croix Watershed Expo Set for UW-RF

By Jolene Bracy
UW-RF News Bureau

UW-River Falls will host the St. Croix River Watershed Stewardship Expo on Saturday, May 5, from 1-5 p.m., at the Karges Gymnasium on campus, to address environmental concerns about the St. Croix Valley.

The Expo, a joint effort of The Minnesota Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission and the Planning, Zoning and Parks Committee of St. Croix County, will feature presentations by William S. Cordura, professor of geology in the department of plant and earth science at UW-RF, and John E. Olson, environmental engineer for Ayres Associates.

The Expo is free and open to the public.

Cordura will speak on the geology of the St. Croix River Valley and Olson will address wastewater issues faced by Pierce and St. Croix Counties.

Environmental preservation is becoming a concern as rapid growth and development occur along the St. Croix Valley corridor. Some of the challenges that will have to be met involve ground and surface water, particularly the management of wastewater treatment and maintainance of quality drinking water.

Sixteen organizations that practice stewardship of the St. Croix watershed will provide informational materials. There will also be a live raptor exhibit and door prizes. Exhibitors are as follows:

•YMCA Camp St. Croix

•St. Croix Falls Historical Society

•The Prairie Enthusiasts

•Photographic Journeys

•Wild Mountain/Taylorıs Falls

• The Wisconsin Farmland Conservancy

• St. Croix River Association

• Kiap-Tu-Wish Trout Unlimited

• Kinnickinnic River Land Trust

• Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

• Friends of a Feather

• St. Croix Basin Water Resources Team

•St. Croix County Land and Water Conservation District

• Washington County Historical Society

• St. Croix Valley Regional Tourism Alliance, and

• UW-River Falls.

For additional information , contact Buck Malick at 715/386-9444.

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