Emily City Council September Highlights
The Emily City Council met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in the Council Chambers and was called to order by Mayor Lund at 6:00 p.m. Council members Bryce Butcher, Wesley Friesner, Gerhart Hanson, and Bill Spiess were present. Also present was Cari Johnson, City Clerk/Treasurer, and Pam Roden, Deputy Clerk.
Char Kinzer of Crow Wing Power, attended the meeting to give an update regarding Cooperative Mineral Resources and the Emily manganese project. She told council that Cooperative Mineral Resources is working on steps which will possibly lead to a joint venture agreement with a potential new partner. Kinzer stated the Emily manganese project is moving forward however the processes for mining and manganese processing have not been decided. The It was noted that the Emily facility has a Conditional Use Permit in place. The City Clerk will work with Kinzer to set up a tour of the Emily manganese mine facility.
Dan Barrett, Outing Chamber of Commerce, requested a storage location at City Hall for decorations and supplies for the annual Christmas Party for Kids.
Why is a One Watershed One Plan (1W1P) good for the Pine River Watershed?
Located in northern Crow Wing County and southern Cass County, the Pine River watershed contains over 500 lakes, including some of the state’s most popular recreational lakes, such as the Whitefish Chain of Lakes and Pelican Lake. Almost half of the Pine River Watershed is forested and another third is covered by lakes and wetlands. These resources are at risk for increased shoreline development, urban expansion and conversion of forestland to agricultural uses. The U.S. Forest Service ranks the Pine River watershed No. 1 out of Minnesota’s 81 watersheds for at-risk source water. The watershed is a major source of drinking water for St. Cloud, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
To ensure water quality, 75% of the land in a watershed must be sustainably managed. The reason is, what happens on the land determines what ends up in the water. A One Watershed One Plan (1W1P) is an effort to identify steps to take to move towards the 75% goal of sustainable land within a given watershed. Cass County, Crow Wing County, the Cass County Soil and Waters Conservation District, and the Crow Wing Soils and Water Conservation Districts, have developed a "One Watershed, One Plan” for the Pine River watershed. The content of the plan was developed by a Pine River 1W1P Advisory Committee, whose role was to decide on the content of the Plan, and to serve as a liaison to their respective boards (i.e. County Board, and the Soil and Water Conservation District Board).
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