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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the new "waters of the United States" rule. But a decision in Sackett v. EPA could still change U.S. water policy.
"One of the old things we used to say is the lake is not a bathtub, it doesn't just lay at one level," said Pete Boulay, a climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "What I always point out, when people complain that (water levels) have never been this low, just go back farther and you'll find lower water than you have right now."
Watershed members tour dredging operation at Redwood Falls, ponder dredging options for portions of Lake Okabena.
The court will consider what test courts should use to determine what constitutes "waters of the United States" under the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act, the answer to which determines whether the property is subject to oversight.

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A beaver dam on the Ocheyedan River may slow water from the drawdown of Lake Ocheda on its way to Lake Bella, but it won't stop it, and the dam provides other advantages too. The drawdown, meant to kill rough fish and improve water quality, started Wednesday.
HERON LAKE — Jackson County commissioners last week took action to thwart the Heron Lake Watershed District’s request to double its general operating levy and gain bonding authority to finance ditch improvements.
By Dave Henkels HERON LAKE -- The purpose of this letter is to inform property owners in the Heron Lake Watershed District of a public hearing on its proposed 2017 budget on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Heron Lake Community Center. It is proposed to ...
WORTHINGTON -- When the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources closed off a diversionary channel leading east from Herlein-Boote Slough in January 2012, the impetus was to block the potential spread of aquatic invasive species -- particularly ...
WORTHINGTON -- The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District board of managers discussed Tuesday the recent concerns raised by landowners of excess water flow through the County Ditch 4 system.
WORTHINGTON -- A drawdown on Lake Ocheda would do so much to improve the health of the lake that the rural Worthington water body could be removed from the state's list of impaired waters, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Administrator Dan Livda...

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BREWSTER -- As Gov. Mark Dayton travels around the state to discuss water challenges and water quality as part of Water Action Week, the Heron Lake Watershed District took time Thursday to showcase some of the efforts it has led to reduce erosion...
HERON LAKE -- The Heron Lake Watershed District will host a Best Management Practices tour from 9 to 11 a.m. April 21 for attendees to visit a streambank stabilization project along Okabena Creek, a bioretention basin west of Graham Lakes and a b...
WORTHINGTON -- A team composed of representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fish and wildlife divisions, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, the Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District and Ducks Unlimited met Tu...

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