The 16th Annual Hawk Creek Watershed Information and Apprecia­tion Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Renville Community Center located at 221 N. Main St. in Renville. Registration for the even begins at 8:30 a.m., and coffee and rolls will be provided.

A number of topics will be discussed at this meeting. Heidi Rauenhorst of the Hawk Creek Water­shed Project will start things off by providing an update on the Hawk Creek Watershed Project.

Dr. Jerry L. Hatfield of the USDA Agriculture Research Service will speak about “Water Quality and the Interaction with Ag Practices and the Weather.”

After a short, mid-morning break, Dale Setterholm of the Minnesota Geological Survey will give a presentation entitled “Groundwater is Like Real Estate- It’s All About Location!”

Forrest Peterson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will talk about the past, present, and future of the Hawk Creek headwaters and the Willmar area Chain of Lakes.

Finally, Wendy Caldwell (Monarch Joint Venture) will discuss Monarch butterflies in a presentation called “Monarch Butterflies in Drastic Decline: Efforts to Protect an Iconic Species.”

A lunch will be provided, and organizers of the event ask those interested in attending to RSVP as soon as possible to ensure enough meals and seating for everyone.

For more information, call Jordan Austin at320-523-3666 or email him at <>