Time is starting to RUN OUT! ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! BY THE WAY – You DO NOT have to be present to win! Just buy your ticket and you can win a gun!!!
Event is Limited to JUST 200 PEOPLE.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND YOU MUST REGISTER BY MAY 13TH.
Saturday May 18th, 2013
Doors Open at 5:30pm
The Valley House, North Hudson, WI
This is a “Draw Down” type of event. The first person drawn wins the first gun and every 10th person after that will win a gun as well. Example, for 150 people in attendance we will give away 16 guns, 200 attendees we’ll give away 21 guns and so forth.
Some of the guns will include a Browning Maxus, Taurus Judge, Benelli Montefeltro, DPMS Oracle AR-15 .223 and many more! Gun List is coming so check back!
Tickets are $100 each and include your 1 in 10 chance of winning a gun along with a meal and your choice of beverages; draft beer, coffee and soda.
There will be a couple other raffles that night that will include “The Great Gun Giveaway”. The winner gets their choice of one of 30 guns!!! (click here for a special preview!)
The Great Gun Giveaway is also being sold ‘pre-event’ by all committee members. Please contact Jason Fairchild (below) to by tickets. You do not need to be present to win this raffle.
Please register online or by contact one of the committee members.
You can also download our Mailer Invite Here and send in through the mail.
Jason Fairchild – (715)245-6708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned for a complete list of guns.
Look for our flyer around town. Click here to open!
Special Sponsor Only Raffle
Our sponsor gun raffle is back! We have a special offer available for anyone or any business interested in becoming a Ducks Unlimited Sponsor. For a total ticket purchase of $300, not only will you g ain entran ce to the events, membership, 1:10 chance at the guns and dinner – you will also be entered into a Special Sponsor Only Gun Raffle. This includes a 1:7 chance of winning a gun as well as a Framed 2 013 Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print! So, please consider becoming a Sponsor and feel the satisfaction of Conserving 1 Acre of Habitat!
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Since its formation in 2009, the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance has been working hard to protect the natural heritage of Lake Pepin. From time to time, it is important to pause and reflect on what we know, what we still don’t know, what we have accomplished, and where we will go from here.
As our mission and focus expands, we will need your help in funding this important work. Please consider a tax deductible donation to the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance by visiting our donation page or sending your check to:
Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance PO Box 392 Red Wing, MN 55066
At this time we would also like to ask our readership to consider friends or neighbors who may benefit from receiving our newsletter. Please feel free to encourage others to send us their contact information by emailing Rylee at email@example.com.
Where is the sediment coming from? In 2011, Shawn Schottler et al. published a study in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology which outlined the use of geomorphic change detection techniques to demonstrate that “the dominant source of sediment has shifted from agricultural soil erosion to accelerated erosion of streambanks and bluffs, driven by increased river discharge.”
While disputes over the source of sediment still occur, most now agree that increased river flow is the primary driver of erosion and sedimentation. Still, questions remain: is our changing climate the culprit of increased river flow, or is it artificial tile drainage on agricultural land, or perhaps urban stormwater? Is it possible that we all have a part to play in managing our water resources?
A new study by Schottler et al., published this year in the Journal of Hydrological Processes, sheds light on the changing conditions of our river systems. The article, “Twentieth Century Agricultural Drainage Creates More Erosive Rivers,” attempts to disentangle the effects of climate and land-use by comparing changes in precipitation, crop conversions, and drained depressional areas in 21 watersheds in Minnesota over the past 70 years.
The study found large and significant increases in water yield, ranging from 45-200%, for over half of the watersheds during the months of May – June, accounting for one-third of the total annual increase in water yield. Interestingly, the article states that May-June precipitation has been constant or has decreased since 1940, stating further, “the fact that the largest changes in water yield and runoff ratio occur during May-June, a period with no increase in precipitation (and more than a month after snowmelt), strongly implies that seasonal changes in river hydrology are not the result of increases in precipitation.”
This same study looks more closely at the agricultural conversion to soybeans which has largely displaced small grains and forage crops. Specifically, the study stated that previously grown grains and forage crops, which actively grow early in the spring, reduce the available soil moisture through evapotranspiration (ET). Soybeans, on the other hand, which are planted later in the spring, do not consume water through ET until nearly a month later. The result is that a greater proportion of spring precipitation enters our river systems.
Further, and perhaps most importantly, subsurface drainage has accompanied this crop conversion for the very practical reason that it benefits both corn and soybean yields. According to the article, “the larger impact of artificial drainage on the hydrologic budget is through reduction in ET losses from depressional areas (loss of residence time) … What is clear is that precipitation that was once lost to ET is now being transported to the rivers.” The authors conclude that “efforts to mitigate excessive sediment loads and turbidity must include strategies to manage watershed hydrology and reverse conditions contributing to higher river flows.”
What don’t we know? Although we still face some scientific uncertainties, such as the long-term effects of climate change, one of our greatest challenges is determining how to integrate new information into a human system that values tradition, efficiency, and economic profitability. Our scientific understanding of the sediment issue necessitates that we implement practices which allow for water storage and shoreland stability, if progress is to be made. State and federal programs incentivize these restorative practices. Yet, the changes that will aid in cleaning up our rivers require an investment many are unwilling to make. Payments from conservation programs cannot compete with land prices, and many agricultural producers are resistant to investing in these changes without sufficient financial and technical assistance.
To protect the natural heritage of Lake Pepin, we not only need to address the pollutant sources upstream, but we also need to restore the lake itself. Projects such as island building and strategic dredging could provide great benefits in this effort. However, these projects are costly, and would likely require the Army Corps of Engineers to be the driver in engineering them. Historically, the Army Corps of Engineers’ involvement in the South-Metro Mississippi River has been focused on commercial navigation – maintaining an open channel for shipping. This focus has not changed.
What progress has been made? Perhaps our greatest achievement as an organization, thus far, is contained in the relationships that we have developed with people on all sides of the issue. The Upstream/Downstream Friendship Tour created trust and understanding between residents near Lake Pepin and producers and local government staff upstream. The Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance maintains a strong working relationship with our friends upstream, while also partnering with other environmentally-focused organizations, agency staff, researchers and academics, and elected officials, where appropriate.
These partnerships have allowed us to provide up-to-date information on our website, develop our Local Resource Management Scorecard, collaborate on events, attend field day demonstrations of conservation best practices, and continue to be a voice for Lake Pepin.
We’ve witnessed changes in perspectives when producers feel respected and the focus is kept on common ground solutions. We’ve observed the innovation that exists among those working on new conservation drainage practices. We’ve been inspired by the collaborative efforts of so many passionate groups across the state of Minnesota and we’ve been reaffirmed by the willingness of those groups to work with us towards common goals.
Where do we go from here? As we near the completion of our initial set of data for our Local Resource Management Scorecard, we are planning for the next phase of the project: interviewing local government staff in each county within the Minnesota River Basin. Our goal is to continue our relationship building while providing both credit and accountability to the counties whose water drains into the Minnesota River, and whose soil settles in Lake Pepin.
Additionally, we hope to bring some focus back to Lake Pepin in the coming months. A new project has been proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers to address navigation concerns in lower Pool 2, just north of Lake Pepin. The project would provide a safer and more reliable navigation channel, but will also have a sediment increase of 0.5% on total sediment entering Lake Pepin annually. Although the Army Corps is not required by law to undertake any mitigation projects, it may be the appropriate time to sit down with our local partners and Army Corps staff to drive a solution.
Thank you! The Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance is greatly appreciative of the donations we receive. It is through these contributions and the continued concern for the lake from our members that we are able to continue our work. Your support, in whatever form it takes, is invaulable.
The Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance is now on Twitter! Follow us @LakePepinLA
After consulting with President Maurice, we have decided to cancel the board meeting scheduled for tonight due in incoming weather changes/climate change?
We will reschedule for next Wednesday same time and same place.
Stay home and be careful out there!
Nick Juliano, E&E reporter
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A coalition of environmental groups and landowners are asking federal agencies to write new safety rules for pipelines that transport oil sands crude and to suspend construction of new oil sands pipelines until the rules are in place.
The petition from the National Wildlife Federation and dozens of other groups asks U.S. EPA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to issue new regulations specifically tailored to the transport of oil sands crude — known as diluted bitumen, or dilbit — through pipelines. The petition comes as EPA continues to manage the cleanup from a 2010 spill of an Enbridge pipeline in the Kalamazoo River system in Michigan.
That spill highlighted the unique characteristics of dilbit that make spills more difficult to address, said Beth Wallace of NWF’s Great Lakes Regional Center. For example, she said, dilbit sinks in water, rather than floating like conventional oil. That means full cleanup of the river system will require dredging to remove the dilbit, a process that causes additional habitat disruption, Wallace said.
The Kalamazoo spill seemed to catch regulators off guard and demonstrated a lack of preparedness to deal with dilbit, Wallace said, accusing EPA and PHMSA of essentially making it up as they go along.
“They still have not come up with a way to properly address some of the major difficulties presented through this disaster,” she said on a conference call today.
The groups’ petition is not seeking a shutdown of existing oil sands pipelines but does request a moratorium on the construction or expansion of such lines, such as the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
The petition also requests new rules to ensure that pipelines can properly handle dilbit, which environmentalists say is more corrosive than traditional crude; to improve spill-response plans; and to require pipeline operators to immediately shut down their systems whenever any defects are detected.
MN BHA Friends,
-This is a link to the Outdoor Industry Association’s recent 50-state report, which illustrates the economic importance of outdoor recreation across the nation: http://www.outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/recreation/economy.html?utm_source=can&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=march2013-gosu
-Wilderness is good for jobs and good for us: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/261911/group/Outdoors/
-Land for Hunters: http://www.tpl.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/minnesota/columbus-lake.html
-DNR: Despite snow up north, deer doing OK so far: http://samcook.areavoices.com/2013/03/14/dnr-despite-snow-up-north-deer-doing-ok-so-far/
-Support for Minnesota copper mines drops in poll: http://www.twincities.com/minnesota/ci_22792571/support-northern-minnesota-copper-mines-drops-poll
-“We have hundreds of years of history with mining. It’s staring us in the face on the IronRange or the Upper Peninsula or Butte, Montana. How is it that despite the high wages, and despite the incredible wealth pulled out of the ground, these areas are not prosperous?” –Thomas Power
-A ProactiveInvestors update (scroll down) on: “Duluth (TSE:DM.)–Strong opposition to sulphide mining still active in Minnesota,” 3/13/13. http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/columns/sp-angel/12369/todays-market-view-including-aureus-mining-antofagasta-plc-kenmare-resources-vital-metals-and-others-12369.html
-No more gold giveaways on our public lands: http://www.hcn.org/wotr/no-more-gold-giveaways-on-our-public-lands/article_view?b_start:int=0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=wcn1
-A Trout Unlimited Action Alert—Urge congress to support legislation that protects trout on public lands: http://www.capwiz.com/tu/issues/alert/?alertid=62495271&type=CO
-Minnesota’s water shortages forcing many towns to take drastic measures:
Some news from the New Mexico BHA chapter (Río Grande del Norte legislation reintroduced): http://www.taosnews.com/news/article_e4363682-79ec-11e2-9b23-001a4bcf887a.html
-Wolf hunting moratorium advances: http://www.twincities.com/minnesota/ci_22788285/minnesota-wolf-hunt-moratorium-before-senate-panel-thursday
-Wolf hunt survey results won’t resolve dispute: http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/198624081.html
Video: Is Nature A Smart Investment? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1IeFDvGNdE&feature=youtu.be
Since 1985, thousands of youth have attended MDHA’s Forkhorn Camps, which are held at eight facilities around the state for youth ages 11-17. Last year MDHA sent a record breaking number of 813 kids to camp! To learn more about Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps visit the Forkhorn Camp Section of the MDHA website. To see the camp dates for 2013, click HERE for a 2013 Forkhorn Camp Brochure & Application.
Have a good weekend,
David A. Lien
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
| Dan Kraker. “On the Iron Range, debating whether long-term prosperity follows more mining.” Minnesota Public Radio: 3/4/13.|