WOW Newsletter

What's New with WOW - Summer 2002

We have a lot to catch up on.

With school starting very soon we'd like to remind teachers to take
a fresh look at the WOW website. Remember to include WOW lessons in
your lesson plans this year. Also watch for changes to the website
happening when new Water Science Technician Training Curriculum
comes on-line.


Governor Ventura signed the phosphorus-free fertilizer bill for

The new law restricts the use of lawn fertilizer containing
phosphorus to zero (0) percent in the seven-county metropolitan area
and three (3) percent throughout the rest of the state unless a soil
test is done and proves that phosphorus is needed. A soil test,
using a mail-in kit, will be good for three years. Golf courses will
be exempt from the new law, as would new lawns.

Local units of government in the Greater Minnesota 80 counties can
adopt a zero percent standard throughout their county, city, or
township through an ordinance until January 2004, when the new law
goes into effect. If they pass an ordinance more restrictive than
three percent they will have to inform the State Department of
Agriculture of their plans. Local outstate governments would also
have until August 1, 2002 to pass ordinances that would restrict the
sale of phosphorus lawn fertilizer, as well as, the use of the

Enforcement of the new law will be done locally. The new law also
includes language on development of consumer education information
at the retail level.


It's time to start preparing to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of
the enactment of the Clean Water Act on October 18, 2002.

Learn more about the Clean Water Act or register to participate in
National Water Monitoring Day by visiting:

=============================================================== is born (and just beginning to grow).

This is a brand new EPA EMPACT (Environmental Monitoring for Public
Access and Community Tracking) project designed to educate and
involve the citizens of Duluth, MN in stormwater issues in their
city. Duluth has 42 named streams within the city boundaries. 12 are
designated trout streams and 14 are classified as protected waters.
We have placed stream monitoring stations into 3 of these streams
and soon will be delivering near real-time data to the website along
with some new data visualization tools to help folks better
understand their streams. The website is up and running but it is a
work in progress.

Check back often.


The Lakes (or more accurately, the sites)

Current Sites--

Ice Lake, Grand Rapids, MN:
Our longest running dataset; on-line since 1998

Shagawa Lake, Ely, MN:
First deployed August 2001. Now has a chlorophyll probe.

Medicine Lake, Minneapolis, MN:
Also deployed for the first time last year.
Also has a chlorophyll probe.

Lake Minnetonka, Halsteds Bay, Minnetonka, MN:
First deployed in 1999

New this year--

St Louis River, Duluth Harbor:
Data came on-line May 2002

Gone but not forgotten--
(These data are still available on the site.)

Lake Independence:
Deployed 1998-2000. This unit was moved to Shagawa Lake in 2000.

Grindstone Lake:
Ran from 1999 through 2001.

Lake Minnetonka, West Upper:
1999 though 2000.

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Water on the Web Update
Thursday, August 22, 2002