ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -Every year Olmsted County and Rochester Public Utilities recognize individuals and organizations who’ve made a significant environmental impact in our community.
RPU has been handing out Environmental Achievement Awards since 1992.
Two of this year’s recipients were recognized for breeding monarch butterflies.
One of them, Keith Anderson raised 750 butterflies in his own back yard last year, in an effort to slow the decline of the helpful insects.
He’s been at it for two years, sharing the butterflies with Quarry Hill Nature Center, the Minnesota Master Naturalist program and local schools.
“We learned at that point there’s been a 95 percent reduction in monarchs in the past few decades,” Anderson said. “So it was like, okay we gotta do something. I’ve been planting the milkweed in my gardens ever since.”
Anderson was one of seven recipients honored tonight at the Rochester Golf and Country Club.