Town square: Savage gets state grant to protect delicate fen

  • Updated: February 4, 2014 - 3:27 PM


City gets state grant to protect delicate fen

Savage has gotten a half-million-dollar state grant to help protect a vulnerable wetland.

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources awarded more than $14 million altogether to local governments late last month, but it singled out the Savage project as a notable use of funds.

The grants are aimed at protecting and restoring streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater.

The Savage Fen Ravine Stabilization project is meant to help what’s called the Savage Fen Wetland Complex, just south of Hwy. 13 below the river bluffs, west of downtown.

The complex “is an important and protected ecosystem, one of Minnesota’s largest known calcareous fens,” the state announcement said. “Two large ravines discharge into the complex, and carry with them a significant amount of stormwater and sediment.

“By stabilizing the ravines the city will be able to protect this rare habitat from excessive sediment and provide long-term protection of the fen, improve the habitat for other native species, and increase overall water quality within the fen and, ultimately, the Minnesota River.”

The grant is for $459,665, with matching funds locally of $115,000.


New site creates cross-cultural ties

The Shakopee Diversity Alliance has unveiled a new website aimed at bringing people of different ethnic, racial and other backgrounds closer together.

The site is www.shakopee

The alliance has strong city endorsement but is a community-based one, made up of volunteers with different ethnic backgrounds and faiths. Money is raised through its own fundraising efforts.

The alliance was launched in March 2012 and aims to “reach the city’s diverse population, help improve communication, foster positive relationships and make the community more welcoming to all residents.”


Susan G. Komen fundraiser is Saturday

The Minnesota Magicians minor league hockey team will hold their Pink Night Event on Saturday to raise money to fight breast cancer.

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