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Monitoring for Answers in Southern Minnesota

Meandering through Southern Minnesota, you'll find the Minnesota River, which drains all of the state's lower half. There is also a lot of agriculture in the region, and the people in the area have been working diligently to reduce nutrient pollution in the river. However, progress has been slow. “You know, we've spent millions of dollars on the river, and some types of pollution have not improved,” states Dr. Laura Triplett of Gustavus Adolphus College , an Associate Professor in Geology and Environmental Studies. “ The Minnesota River is still terribly impaired.” Dr. Triplett and her students are working to find out why by monitoring the watershed and looking for answers.

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Connecticut’s Mohegan Tribe Preserves Its Past While Using Modern Recycling and Monitoring Methods

Around 2190 in number, the Mohegan Tribe , or “Wolf People,” occupy a reservation in the eastern upper Thames (River) Valley in Connecticut. Federally recognized in 1994, they are celebrating the 25th anniversary of that milestone this year. The Mohegans are known for their deep knowledge of Native plant remedies, such as using silver maple bark infusion for cough medicine. The late Mohegan Medicine Woman, Gladys Tantaquidgeon, recorded her people’s ancient plant knowledge and was instrumental in preserving historical records for the tribe. While rich in ancient knowledge, the tribe has also embraced the modern world. The Mohegans are no stranger to industrial pressures.

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Volunteers Monitoring North Carolina River Health

North Carolina is a paradise for anyone who loves being on a river or stream—but that's only true as long as the water quality in those waterways stays good. Criss-crossed with numerous streams and rivers , the state is home to MountainTrue : a dedicated group of people working to protect watershed health in the state. Fortunately for them, they're not doing that work alone. Southern Regional Director and Green Riverkeeper Gray Jernigan spoke to EM about the volunteer programs run by MountainTrue, and the ways those programs extend the reach of the organization.

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