Field to Stream Partnership Phase II Implementation
Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7
This project's goal is a 20% reduction in nitrogen by 2020 which aligns with the MN Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) goal for a 20% nitrogen load reduction from ag watersheds by 2025. Estimated reductions of sediment by 1,504 tons/yr, phosphorus by 1,070 lbs/yr, and nitrogen by 15 lbs/yr are anticipated as a result of this project.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
After 6 years of intensive baseline monitoring at 5 edge-of-field sites, 1 intermittent and 3 in-stream sites in 3 sub-watersheds representing the geomorphic regions of the Root River, the second phase of the project is well prepared for the implementation of BMPs. Continued monitoring will be used to measure the effectiveness of the BMPs for the next 6 years. In preparation for BMP implementation, extensive planning was completed using LiDAR terrain analysis and the Tomer Framework to prioritize practices. Following this analysis, 31 of 32 producers in two sub-watersheds cooperated in field walkovers to identify over 100 of the priority conservation practices they would be willing to implement on their farms to address critical source areas for sediment, nutrients and bacteria. The priority practices are grassed waterways, water and sediment control basins and feedlot runoff control projects.