Clean Water Resource Fair set for Independence

A Clean Water Resource Fair is coming to Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90, from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Admission to the event is free.

“If you own lakeshore property or are concerned about our lakes and streams, and want to know what is available to help make them a better place to enjoy, then you should come to the Fair,” said City Administrator Toni Hirsch, of Independence. “All of the available lakeshore resources will be in one place, including vendors, agencies, and associations connected with clean water. Although the main theme is ‘clean water’, we want to make sure all products connected with water are available.”

Hirsch continued, “Although anyone can attend, the list of invitees is aimed at western Hennepin and Wright county shore line owners, including Lake Minnetonka, Long Lake, Lake Independence, Lake Sarah, Medicine Lake and Wright County lakes. There is a huge need for stake holders to have one place to find out what is available to enjoy their lake to the fullest.”

Sponsors of the event are the city of Independence and the Wright Hennepin Clean Water Resource Association (HCWRA).  The HCWRA serves as a central source of information for lake associations and lake shore property owners by gathering information on clean water resources, lake associations, vendors and agencies, and holding Clean Water Resource Fairs for education and seminars.

Hourly educational presentations will be held at the fair in Independence. Topics for the 30-minute-long presentations will be announced at a later date. In addition, a rain garden will be constructed on site during the day. “Food will be available so bring the family and visit with the many vendors/agencies,” Hirsch said. “And help support your local Boy Scouts, who will be in charge of food concessions.”

“While you’re there, remember to register for many dozens of door prizes, which include rods and reels, rain barrels, water base cleaning supplies for outdoor recreational equipment, rain garden supplies, and many more,” she said.

So far the list of vendors includes companies in the categories of weed control, weed removal, lake shore restoration, phosphorous free products, watershed management commissions, boat ramp surveillance,lake publications, rain gardens, shoreline plants, manure management, soil and water resources and shoreline plants. Representatives of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Hennepin County Environmental Resources also will be on hand.

Hirsch added, “If you are or know of an organization or company that has something to offer to lake shore owners, contact me at 763-479-0513 or [email protected] Or contact Jerry Wise at 763-479-2228 or clean [email protected]