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ADV - Fields to Streams Canoe the Otter Tail River

Fields to Streams Canoe the Otter Tail River website

46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267

In recent decades, there has been a significant increase in loss of soil from streambanks, bluffs and ravines, resulting in loss of farmland, damage to bridges and buildings, and degraded water quality. Impacts of the increasing sediment load can be seen in streams across the region, but has been measured most intensely in Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. Sediment is filling Lake Pepin at ten times the rate prior to European settlement in the 1800’s. The Minnesota River contributes 85% of this sediment load to the Mississippi River. The publication “Fields to Streams: Managing Water in Rural Landscapes" was created as a tool for land managers and educators to use in explaining complex principles to landowners and helping them identify land use practices to minimize soil loss. In recent decades, there has been a significant increase in loss of soil from streambanks, bluffs and ravines, resulting in loss of farmland, damage to bridges and buildings, and degraded water quality. Impacts of the increasing sediment load can be seen in streams across the region, but has been measured most intensely in Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. Sediment is filling Lake Pepin at ten times the rate prior to European settlement in the 1800’s. The Minnesota River contributes 85% of this sediment load to the Mississippi River. The publication “Fields to Streams: Managing Water in Rural Landscapes" was created as a tool for land managers and educators to use in explaining complex principles to landowners and helping them identify land use practices to minimize soil loss.

 Overview of the publication
 Discuss ways to use it with their audiences
 Explore the processes of watershed sediment movement using a stream model
 Canoe/kayak a segment of the Otter Tail River to observe land use impacts.

Location: Fergus Falls, MN (exact location TBD)
Date: September 15, 2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Dress to be outside in September with wind, rain and sun all options.
Cost: $60 for Master Naturalist, $65 for Non-Master Naturalist and covers food, canoe rental, & transportation from the classroom to river.
Minimum: 12 Maximum: 24
Link to Extension Publication:
Fields to Streams Link

Questions, Contact Stephan Carlson at carls009@umn.edu

The course cost is $60 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Stephan Carlson

Dr. Stephan Carlson. Dr. Carlson has worked for the U of M Extension and the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences for the last 25 years doing outreach and teaching classes in environmental education (EE) and interpretation. He has worked in the fields of EE, outdoor recreation, informal science education and environmental interpretation for the past 35 years. In addition to his work teaching interpretation, he also teaches Science and Math summer school on the White Earth Indian Reservation. His research is on understanding the components that informal science experiences have on young people and how to develop quality programs that incorporate these components in environmental education.

Sponsor Information

University of MN Extension


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