Within the Yellow Medicine River watershed, one landowner’s work with Lincoln SWCD — made possible with Clean Water Funds from BWSR, an Environmental Protection Agency grant from the MPCA and Environmental Quality Incentives Program assistance from NRCS — makes great strides toward achieving water quality goals set out by One Watershed, One Plan.
A Goodhue County farmer’s experiments with seed mixes, spacing and row width aim to extract the most from soil health benefits, forage and fertilizer. Ed McNamara also took part in University of Minnesota and Clean River Partners research that considered the profitability of planting cover crops in corn.
The Red River Valley Conservation Service Area and its 16 member SWCDs are preparing to provide technical services faster and more efficiently. A Performance Review and Assistance Program grant from BWSR supported a restructuring, which also highlighted the need for more staffers to obtain Job Approval Authority.