History

Influenced by drone technology for precision agriculture, Blue Earth Project formed in 2017 and grew into an umbrella brand eco movement for Southern Minnesota. In May of 2019, Blue Earth Project incorporated as a non-profit organization in Mankato, MN.

Inspiring a higher quality of life by advocating for ecological resilience in Southern Minnesota.

Mission

Blue Earth Project leads Southern Minnesota into an ecological paradigm shift towards a resilient future. With a localized approach to a global problem, our innovative programming, community activation, and bold leadership will aid Greater Mankato in becoming a shining example of a community that properly addressed a crisis.

Inspiration

In 2016, Southern Minnesota lakes were deemed “irreversibly un-swimmable.” According to some researchers and scientists, we should just, “forget about em!” However, we here at Blue Earth Project argue differently. Water is the foundation of life itself, and consequently, what we are facing is a MAJOR water problem!

Why Mankato?

Blue Earth County is a geographic anomaly. Seven rivers flow into Mankato and only one flows out. Blue Earth County has more river miles than any other county in Southern Minnesota.

State of Our Water

Algal blooms from excess phosphorus are choking out aquatic life and recreation revenue. Wells are unfit for consumption from nitrate levels up to 40x the drinking water standard. Erosion from increased runoff and climate change is clouding our waters and moving fertile soil. Rumor has it, we are the largest contributors to the nitrate dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Everyone is downstream from somebody!

Core Values

Interconnection

Pursuing an empathetic approach to a more balanced environment with an emphasis on respect for water as the foundation of life.

Resilience 

Harnessing the love of our 10,000 lakes and reclaiming what we are quickly losing by responding with dynamic solutions to our most paramount problems.

Collaboration 

Synergizing with businesses, individuals and organizations who are making creative efforts to practice consciously. 

Empowerment

Advancing learning opportunities by cultivating honest conversations and providing outlets for community engagement.

Stewardship

Leading by example while ensuring regional accountability.

Our Team

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Paul Ebbenga

Founder & Integration
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Seth Yocum

Aqualogical Solutions
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Lindsey Schaefer

Creative Solutions
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Bennett Coughlan

Business Development
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Alyssa Bunde

Social Media
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Dave Sandersfeld

Podcast Producer
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Mike Sargent

Graphic Design