Minnesota Agriculture, Water Quality Take the Stage

Minnesota Agriculture, Water Quality Take the Stage

Water Resource's Warren Formo will be at Eco-Experience to share farmers' stories.

The Minnesota State Fair Eco-Experience will provide fair goers an opportunity to hear the story of how Minnesota farmers are working to preserve water quality.

Warren Formo of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Coalition will take to the Sustainability Stage to bring this story to the public. The Sustainability Stage has largely provided a forum for a wide variety of environmental education topics such as recycling, green building techniques, energy conservation and water resource preservation.

Formo will present "Water Conservation and Farming Techniques" as he relates the work being done in Minnesota to advance water quality in the farming landscape.

Schedules for his talk are :

-Saturday, August 27 at 11 a.m.

-Friday September 2 at 2:30 p.m.

-Saturday, September 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Also on Sat., Aug. 27, at 9:30 a.m., Northfield farmer David Legvold will give a talk entitled "Sewer Man!" to discuss storm water and sanitary sewer issues.

This is the sixth annual Eco Experience at this year's Minnesota State Fair.

Exhibits include:

-the Stream Lab, where visitors will have a chance to build their own model stream in a sandbox. After turning on flowing water, they can experiment by changing the shape of their stream, making the water flow faster, or adding "plants" to the streambed. Like a real stream, the model stream will change shape in response to these changing environmental factors.

-a new interactive rain garden photo booth. Fairgoers will be encouraged to browse a selection of native plants and choose a plant or flower that matches their style; for example, "tall", "high-maintenance" or "always thirsty." They can then have their picture taken with a mask representing the flower of their choice, and can tag their photo once it has been posted to Facebook.

Both the young and young at heart will enjoy trying their hand at measuring the clarity of water gathered from Lake Como. Visitors can also learn more about water in their local community by surfing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's newly remodeled watershed webpages. Those who take an interest in learning about their lakes can sign up as volunteer water monitors, helping the MPCA protect a lake or stream in or near their community.

Fairgoers can visit the Eco Experience from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Thursday, Aug. 25, through Monday, Sept. 5. The Eco Experience is in the Progress Center at the Corner of Randall and Cosgrove. Look for the 123-foot-long wind turbine blade.  For more information, visit www.ecoexperience.org.

About the Eco Experience: A partnership between the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and over 100 organizations and businesses across the state, the Eco Experience has become the second most popular exhibit at the fair. The Eco Experience is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades. Since 2006, almost two million visitors have attended the 25,000 square-foot exhibit to learn more about clean air and water, saving energy, climate change, recycling, healthy local food, transportation, green building and remodeling, and other ways to lead more eco-friendly lives.

Source: MPCA

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