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Since 2010, the Ramsey Conservation District has been working with Northwestern College to stabilize nearly 4,000 lineal feet and almost two acres of highly eroded shoreline on Lake Johanna in Roseville.
“We’re grateful to be selected for this award and appreciate the recognition from the Ramsey County,” Brian Humphries, Northwestern's associate vice president of facility operations and pPlanning, said in a statement. “Northwestern is committed to keeping our grounds and surrounding property in the best possible condition. We’re very attentive to environmental needs, especially when it deals with a public water resource like Lake Johanna.”
The shoreline restoration project installed more than 40 species of native plants, erosion control products, and soil lifts to create a more stable shoreline and restore areas of emergent, transitional, and upland plant communities.
The project is expected reduce phosphorus entering Lake Johanna by more than an estimated ten pounds per year and soils and sediment by over 12 tons per year.
The first half of the project was installed in 2010 and the second half will be completed in 2011.
As professors often take advantage of the natural resources on campus, Northwestern students were able to participate in the shoreline restoration project, giving them opportunity to see what environmental work looks like in a real-world context.
“We use these restoration areas as an educational tool in several of our classes,” said Joel Light, biology associate. “It makes the concepts that we cover in our classes more real for the students. They can directly see the fruits of their labor.”
Many of the natural areas on campus are used as an outdoor laboratory for science classes as well as faculty research projects which involve student assistance each semester. Light’s summer Field Biology course is taught almost exclusively in many natural areas on campus and in the community.
“We are fortunate to be blessed with the natural resources we have being a suburban campus. Most other small schools in the area do not have direct access to this natural wealth on their campus,” continued Light.
Founded in 1902, Northwestern College is a private Christian liberal arts college with an enrollment of about 3,000 students. For more information, visit www.nwc.edu.