Monday, December 22, 2008

Conserving Resources in Minnesota with Watershed Preservation

Due to the fact that they have over 10,000 lakes, water is a very valuable resource in Minnesota. They have many programs developed for natural resources management for water resource protection and one of the new systems involves watershed. They believe that this system can be used to help enhance and to save natural resources. The basis of this system is on several different types of land that need to be and can be conserved in a sub-watershed.

The first land resource they believe can be saved by watershed is critical habitats. These would be habitats that are used for plants and animals alike. This type of land is very simple to define. It is simple the space that is necessary for native natural species to survive. These different animals and plants cannot survive in an area that has been altered too much by humans. The watershed is to be used to help maintain these critical habitats as well as help repair them when they are destroyed by humans.

The next land resource they would like to save with watershed is the aquatic corridor. This is the spot in which the land meets the water and they interact. All water masses have this because at some point the water is followed by the land, especially in cases of rivers and lakes. Problems being tackled with watershed in these particular areas include sediment filtration along with nutrition filtration, flow moderation and bank stabilization (stopping erosion). Minnesota has many of these.

The third land type to be saved is the hydrologic areas that are under reserve. The definition of these areas is a little harder to capture, so instead the examples that come to mind are forest and wetlands and forests. Where water is not the base of the land but the watershed can greatly contribute to the renovation of the land.

The last land resource that they want watershed to save is cultural/historical places. This is a little easier to figure out in terms of definition. These are simply pieces of land that give the people within them a sense of place. Like trails that go up mountains and parks where you can openly observe the wildlife. In Minnesota this is a very important part of land they are trying to preserve and save with watershed. In fact, Carver County in Minnesota has a management plan in place specifically to find green ways to preserve all trails and parks within its bounds.

This is essential, especially within this county because its size is expected to almost double in the next ten years. Because of the estimation on growth, many conversationalists are worried of the effects humans will have on the environment, despite the fact that the environment is why they are moving there.

All of these different land resources are available in Minnesota and all of them can be helped and maintained with watershed. The protection plans that the state is putting into place are guaranteeing that this northern state will be staying beautiful for many generations of environmentalists and environment enjoyers to come.

Chris Blastoyout writes for homeowners. Additional information available at

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