In fall 2015, Great River Greening brought its volunteer program to work on the Minnesota River, through the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership.
More than 80 volunteers spent two days on farms in St. Peter to restore water quality to a local trout stream, Seven Mile Creek. These events are the first of a series that will continue into next year. They shine a light on some of the everyday things that farmers are doing for water quality, and bring people who may have no experience in a rural environment to a working farm.

In our first volunteer event in the Seven Mile Creek watershed, thirty volunteers planted prairie cordgrass rhizomes in a drainage swale of a farmfield in St. Peter. The rhizomes had been harvested by other volunteers in a September event. The prairie cordgrass will quickly establish and become a demonstration site for how this plant can reduce erosion and has potential as a cash crop.