Five Things You Can Do to Protect Your River
1. Be River Friendly:
Keep new construction away from the river.
Keep a natural buffer of plants between the shoreline and your house.
Keep your landscape natural: don't fill wetlands, remove ice ridges, or change the topography.
Contact your soil and water conservation district for information and assistance.
2. Cleanup up your river's shoreline. Contact Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Adopt a River at 1-800-766-6000.
3. Learn how people have used the river over time.
Contact the Institute for Minnesota Archaeology, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources state parks, Minnesota Historical Society or your county historical society.
4. Learn what fish, animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians live within your river.
Contact the DNR's Natural Heritage Program, read Janine Benyus' Northwoods Wildlife, or other guides to wildlife.
5. Start a monitoring project on your river.