Natural Resources

Natural Resources, a division of the Public Works Department, is comprised of three major areas of responsibility: forestry, water resources, and erosion control. Working together with other city divisions, Natural Resources assists with policies, management, and preservation of the city’s trees, landscapes, lakes, and ponds.

Erosion Control


Water Resources 

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  1. Build a Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Patch - A Native Garden for Minnesota's Endangered Bumblebee

    It's Endangered Species Day! Why not celebrate by adding a small piece of habitat to your yard in the form of a native plant garden? The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, an endangered species found in the metro area, would benefit from the addition. Read on...
  2. Citizen Science in Action - Join WHEP to Evaluate Wetland Health in Apple Valley

    WHEP is a County Wide program to monitor wetlands in Dakota County. Volunteers receive training on collecting and identifying vegetation and macroinvertebrates (e.g. dragonfly larva, crayfish, etc.) to evaluate wetland health. Read on...
  3. Let's celebrate...TREES! And How They Keep Water Clean. May is Arbor Month in Minnesota.

    Happy Arbor Month! The 2019 theme is Plant Trees for Clean Water. Do you know all the ways the trees in your yard are working to give us clean drinking water and keep our favorite lakes and streams fishable and swimmable? Read on...
  4. Attend a Free Gardening Workshop and Learn More About Gardening Grants

    Landscaping for Clean Water workshops will be held again in 2019. See stunning examples, learn about benefits to water and wildlife, learn about grants. You don't have to live on the water to help improve the water. Eco-friendly can be beautiful. Read on...
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