Manston Slough Project Receives MEI Award

Manston Slough Wins Top Honors at Environmental Initiative Awards Program 

Wilkin County, Minn. – The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District and their partners were recognized with top honors at the 2015 Environmental Initiative Awards for the Manston Slough Restoration project. The project won the evening’s highest honor, 2015 Partnership of the Year, and also received the Natural Resources category award. 

This statewide awards program annually honors innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. Winners were announced at the Environmental Initiative Awards celebration on Thursday, May 21, in Minneapolis. 

Manston Slough is a more than 2,500-acre shallow wetland complex located in Wilkin County, Minnesota, in the Red River Basin. Before this project began, more than 75% of the historic wetland in the area had been completely drained. 

State agencies, federal agencies, a nonprofit organization and more than 33 private landowners collaborated over many years to restore the Manston Slough wetland and surrounding area. The entire project encompasses over 7,000 acres providing countless hunting and recreational opportunities for the general public.

 “Collaboration isn’t always easy. This project is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished for our environment and for all Minnesotan’s when we choose to work together,” says Environmental Initiative’s Executive Director, Mike Harley. 

About Environmental Initiative

Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization that builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems. The organization brings together leaders from nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to find consensus on critical issues and respond with actions that have measurable, positive environmental outcomes.