CRP awarded MDA Crop Research Grant

Previous Research Published in Agronomy Journal The Minnesota Department of Agriculture awarded Clean River Partners a 3-year grant to continue researching Interseeding Wide-Row Corn with Forage Cover Crops. In 2019, Clean River Partners was awarded a three-year Sustainable Agriculture and Demonstration grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to assess wide-row corn productivity trade-offs in a dual-useContinue reading “CRP awarded MDA Crop Research Grant”

Like a Watershed: Looking Forward by Reflecting on Clean River Partners’ Past

As we welcome our Executive Director Jennifer Tonko, we are met with an opportune time to express gratitude for our history and all those who have contributed to Clean River Partner’s growth. In celebration of this time of transition and growth, Clean River Partners student worker Anna Klein spoke with several of our past Executive Directors and shares their reflections with us here.

Conservation efforts renewed in a complex landscape

Over the past 11 years, over 2,500 acres of high quality habitat have been protected within the Cannon River Watershed. Protection and restoration of natural areas in Southeast Minnesota has been a team effort. With funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, we’ve been able to collaborate with groups like the Trust for Public Land, GreatContinue reading “Conservation efforts renewed in a complex landscape”

Jennifer Tonko Joins Clean River Partners as Executive Director

Clean River Partners, the region’s largest clean water nonprofit, welcomes Jennifer Tonko as their next Executive Director. Tonko takes up the role in January. For over 30 years, Clean River Partners has worked with community, government, and industry partners to clean and protect Southern Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and drinking water. The organization works with cityContinue reading “Jennifer Tonko Joins Clean River Partners as Executive Director”

Clean River Partners releases findings from its survey of consumer preferences for Kernza

With the University of Minnesota – Applied Economics Department and the University of Minnesota Extension – Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, we recently completed a study assessing consumer preferences for Kernza food products. Kernza is gaining in popularity, however, it is entering a competitive market. Our study found that consumers are willing to pay upContinue reading “Clean River Partners releases findings from its survey of consumer preferences for Kernza”

A Letter To CRWP Members

I’m delighted to announce that we will officially have the opportunity to change our name from Cannon River Watershed Partnership to Clean River Partners at our Annual Meeting on May 13. Because you have been such an important partner for the organization throughout the years, we wanted you to be “in the know” as we complete this transition. WeContinue reading “A Letter To CRWP Members”

What’s Up With The Name Change?

By Clean River Partners Executive Director Kristi Pursell In 2021, the CRWP Board of Directors is asking our members to vote to change the name of Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) to Clean River Partners. A name change is something that the CRWP Board of Directors has been discussing for several years. The process to explore options for rebranding hasContinue reading “What’s Up With The Name Change?”

Restoring Wildlife Management Areas In Cannon River Watershed

By Alan Kraus Conservation Program Manager, Clean Water Partners Imagine walking through our area forests without having to push through thick bushes of buckthorn. Imagine hiking through a prairie without seeing any six-foot-tall wild parsnip, an invasive plant that can give you severe rashes when you bump against it. These are but a few ofContinue reading “Restoring Wildlife Management Areas In Cannon River Watershed”