Improving Water Quality, Soil Health and Pasture/Hayland production With No-Till

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$89,845
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Clearwater SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Clearwater
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$89,845
Other Funds Leveraged
$42,344
Direct expenses
$89,845
Administration costs
$559
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will result in the implementaion of a no-till drill program.

Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Members for Clearwater SWCD are: Alroy Lewis, Harlan Strandlien, John Gunvalson, Marty Cobenais, Paul Rydeen
Project Overview

Pasture and hayland account for 62% of the agricultural land use in Clearwater County. In 2012, it was the 12th largest producer of beef cattle in Minnesota. In a county where 22% of pasture/hayland acres are within 300 feet of riparian areas, management practices need to be introduced that enhance rather than restrict the farm operations that use these zones for their livelihood. Clearwater County's Silver Creek and Ruffy Brook are currently listed as impaired by fecal coliform. Working to address these impairments, the Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District will implement a pasture/hayland management program that benefits water quality and landowner alike. Management practices such as no-till pasture and hayland renovation, flash grazing and rotational grazing will result in increased forage quality and yield, improved ground cover and improved soil health. This will result in lowered run-off and enhance the ability to filter pollutants and stabilize riparian slopes.

Project Manager
First Name
Nathan
Last Name
Nordlund
Organization Name
Clearwater SWCD
Street Address
312 Main Ave N Ste 3
City
Bagley
State
MN
Zip Code
56621
Phone
218-694-6845
Email
nathan.nordlund@mn.nacdnet.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp