The cover crops Stearns County dairy farmer Ben Mergen plants now could lead to another revenue stream: carbon credits. He’s involved in a pilot project to quantify environmental benefits of soil health practices.
The highly visible stormwater work aligned with MnDOT’s Highway 61 reconstruction. Goodhue SWCD’s first urban stormwater project, it treats water that previously flowed directly into Lake Pepin, a widening of the Mississippi River that’s becoming filled with sediment.
Legislative action this year yielded positive steps forward for conservation in Minnesota, including new funding for water storage and soil health initiatives.
BWSR is working with partners to update more than 70 state seed mixes, which are designed to target specific conservation goals or ecological features and conditions.