Accelerated Landowner Contacts and BMP Advancement in the Chippewa River Watershed's Lower Shakopee Creek
This project will result in an inventory on 2,050 acres, 85.4 miles of ditch channel within the Burnham Creek Watershed of West Polk County.
This project met its goal of establishing landowner contacts for implementation of conservation projects. Held field days pn cover crops and soil health, one-on-one meetings with landowners, sent letters and mailings, and developed a contact database.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Lower Shakopee Creek has proportionally higher pollutant contributions than any other tributary in the Chippewa River Watershed, and lower than average implementation of conservation practices. Establishing relationships with agricultural landowners is critical for overcoming barriers to participation. In order to make measurable pollutant reductions, Chippewa River Watershed Project staff will increase one-to-one landowner contacts, program promotion, and Best Management Practice site identification. The increase in landowner contacts made possible through this grant will result in 15 new projects/practices over the three-year period.