Stakeholders and community members developed six focus areas to shape water quality efforts in the Seven Mile Creek Watershed at a visioning session on Sept. 7.
The session brought about 60 members of the public together, including stakeholders from county and state government agencies, farmers and property owners and members of other groups. The session was supported by a grant from the Bush Foundation to the 7 Mile Creek Watershed Partnership.
“Everyone is leaving tonight knowing we all want the same thing, to figure out how to improve water quality and preserve the economy of the watershed. There’s a commitment to wanting to be the model for how to make this happen.” Karen Galles, who works for Great River Greening as the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Coordinator.
During the session, attendees were asked to mix up at tables and answer questions about the watershed and their goals. The central theme was: “What can we do together to sustain and advance the long-term economic and environmental health of the Seven Mile Creek watershed?”
Dave Newell, director of community-based service at Gustavus Adolphus College, moderated the discussions.