Looking out from any of the many lakeside restaurants in Detroit Lakes during the summer months reveals hundreds of people enjoying lake life, the beautiful mile-long city beach, dozens of boats cruising up and down the shorelines, and fishing in the city’s namesake waterbody – Detroit Lake. Given this, it’s likely no surprise that in the early 1990s there was significant concern when residents and visitors started noticing a marked decline in water quality in Big and Little Detroit Lakes.
The largest bioreactor in the nation is up and running here in Minnesota, just north of Blue Earth in Faribault County. This project, known as County Ditch 62 (CD62), did more than just implement conservation practices, it provided hands-on learning and is supporting research that will be used for years to come.
Minnesota’s Wetland Bank for Agriculture was established in 2012, the first program of its kind in the nation. Last month, BWSR received $1 million in funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in support of this banking program.