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$3 million Watershed Conservation Initiative offers whole farm solutions


May 13, 2019
By Mankato Free Press

A new three-year $3 million Watershed Conservation Planning Initiative will help farmers along the Minnesota River address problems, such as sediment loading and bank erosion, and improve conservation practices.

The initiative brings dedicated watershed conservation planners to each of seven watersheds. It encompasses 35 soil and water conservation districts within the Blue Earth, Chippewa, Lower St. Croix, Middle Minnesota, Root, Sauk and Upper Cedar watersheds.

The initiative aims to have landowners look at broader conservation efforts on their farm, but whether the landowners choose to do any recommended projects is voluntary. The initiative does not provide cost-sharing but offers assistance in finding cost-sharing funds, estimating costs and technical assistance. The initiative comes at a time when the area is experiencing heavy rains and the growing problem of erosion and high rivers coming from increased farm tile drainage. | READ MORE