City of Red Wing

Thinking Big about the Great River & Lake Pepin

Wednesday, April 13 2011 12:00 AM

Thinking Big about the Great River & Lake Pepin



The Mississippi River is choking in it. Lake Pepin is filling up with it, and fast. That's sediment - dirt - from the state's namesake river, the Minnesota River.

The Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance (LPLA) believes it's time to take action. Minnesotans need to start thinking big. So on April 26, we're hosting a conference in Red Wing to showcase lessons learned from our nation's largest water quality restoration effort -- the Chesapeake Bay project. Plus insights from the nation's most successful agricultural water quality alliance, from Iowa. Plus the latest research results from the state's premier expert on sources of sediment to Lake Pepin.  All in the context of a major report, about to be released for public comment, on sediment impairments of the Mississippi River from the Minnesota River to Lake Pepin.

Keynote speaker Rich Batiuk is the Associate Director for Science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.  He is responsible for providing state-of-the-science environmental monitoring, multi-media modeling, distributed data/information management, and technical data analysis and interpretation support to the Chesapeake Bay Program partners.  Rich has been with the Chesapeake Bay Program Office since 1985, having previously coordinated the expansion and institutionalization of the baywide monitoring program and oversaw development and implementation of a comprehensive basinwide toxics reduction and prevention strategy.

Joining us from Iowa is Roger Wolf who is currently the Director of Environmental Programs and Services for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Executive Director of Agriculture's Clean Water Alliance. He is responsible for leading the creation, development and oversight of programs and services, designed to advance agricultural leadership in achieving data-driven environmental performance at farm and watershed scale, while maintaining or improving agronomic and economic performance.

Plus a lineup of Minnesotans - including Dr. Dan Engstrom, Director of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station -- the environmental research center of the Science Museum of Minnesota -- and Adjunct Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Water Resources Science at the University of Minnesota. They will bring us up to date on the science of sediment source identification,  a set of goals for the Mississippi River, and a preview of a report the state is about to publish describing how to restore the river and cut in half the amount of sediment filling in Lake Pepin.

The excitement is building. There's a new sense of possibility in the air. Come join us at the St. James Hotel, April 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to start the ball rolling.

We will be sending further information once we have the programming finalized.  If you have questions, email us at

Michael Mckay, Executive Director

Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance



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