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Public invited to discuss Shakopee Creek water quality project Thursday

NEW LONDON — A project to improve the Minnesota River Basin by focusing on the water quality of the Shakopee Creek region in northern Kandiyohi County will be discussed at a meeting Thursday at Kandiyohi County Park 7 on Games Lake.

A picnic and informal discussion takes place from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with a short overview presentation at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

The Minnesota River Basin has been identified as a major source of excess amounts of runoff, sediment and algae-fueling nutrients to the Mississippi River, and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico.

A multi-state effort is underway to reduce stormwater runoff that carries these pollutants in a way that sustains agriculture and industry in the nation’s midsection

The Shakopee Creek area around Norway Lake –– including the lakes and farm fields of Lake Andrew Township, Colfax Township and Arctander Township –– has been selected as a pilot project for this region.

The project is being led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.

 For more information, or to RSVP attendance at the event, contact Kylene Olson, director of the Chippewa River Watershed Project, at 320-269-2139,ext. 116, or via email at