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UW-Superior Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Posted on Apr 30, 2014
Deadline to order containers is May 5
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UW-Superior Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

The Lake Superior Research Institute at UW-Superior and the City of Superior are partnering once again to offer Rain Barrels and Compost Bins for a reduced cost. Rain barrels are $55 and compost bins are $45. To order, fill out the preorder form available at www.ci.superior.wi.us/sale. If you have any questions contact Carrie Sanda at extension 8525 or csanda@uwsuper.edu.

Pick up is Saturday, May 31st from 9am-2pm at Wessman Arena. Barnes Town Hall will be another pick up location. The 2014 pre-order sale of rain barrels and compost bins is available through UW-Superior until May 5.

Reduce and slow down storm water runoff with a rain barrel. The "harvested" water works great for lawn and garden watering. A composter works well for turning vegetable scraps into rich, organic soil that will help your garden grow.

It is part of a larger program that is intended to help those living and working in Superior, Douglas County and the surrounding area.

Local partners begin new watershed project to preserve and improve wetlands and water quality in the area

This past fall, Douglas County received funding from the Wisconsin DNR Lake Management Protection Grant Program to begin a new project focused on the St. Croix Headwaters Watershed. The project encompasses the southern portions of both Bayfield and Douglas counties and is a partnership between citizens, Douglas County, WI DNR, Lake Superior Research Institute at UW-Superior, UW Extension, and Bayfield County.

The project is a result of citizen and government feedback on implementation priorities identified from a comprehensive watershed study completed in 2009. The project goals and objectives will focus on preserving and improving the wetlands and water quality of the Headwaters, protecting and restoring critical aquatic and riparian habitat and preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading into and within the Headwaters.

A preliminary meeting was held in December to begin planning and to form a watershed advisory panel that will help guide project implementation and advise the development of a five year action plan. Carrie Sanda, previously the Douglas County AIS Coordinator, will serve as Watershed Coordinator for the project.

The project offers technical and financial assistance of up to 70 percent of the total project cost to landowners who are interested in improving their property and implementing conservation practices on private or public land within Douglas County.

During the months of July and August there will be three "Learn About Your Lakes" seminars featuring live critters and a local expert on hand to talk about how landowners can improve natural habitat on their property.

Homeowners can also take advantage of a rain barrel and compost bin sale that is currently taking place now through May 5. Rain Barrels are offered for $55.00 and Compost Bins for $45.00.

More information on these events and a look at the full spring 2014 newsletter is available online at www.douglascountywi.org/watershed.

News Contact: Tom Hansen | 715-394-8260 | thansen7{atuws}
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