Students involved with the Project E3 inter-district program learn in July 2017 about a saturated buffer newly built in northern Mower County and how it helps water quality. Project E3 — “Engineering & Environmental Science for Everyone” — annually serves about 80 students in grades 4–6 from the Austin, Albert Lea, Hayfield, Lyle and Southland school districts.

Project E3 earns statewide teaching award

MASWCD honors program led by Austin Public Schools

Mower SWCD district manager Justin Hanson (left) and Arik Andersen, an Austin Public Schools teacher who helps lead Project E3, on Dec. 10, 2018, at Minnesota Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts’ annual meeting in Bloomington.
Project E3 students exploring Wolf Creek at Austin’s Todd Park.
Mower SWCD water plan and outreach coordinator Tim Ruzek uses a watershed demonstration table while working in February 2018 with Project E3 students.
Staff and students with Project E3 explore Dobbins Creek below the East Side Lake dam in northeast Austin.
Project E3 students searching for wetbugs in the Cedar River State Water Trail in Austin.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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