Le Sueur Watershed Technician Greater Blue Earth River Basin - 2014
Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014
Funds will be used to hire a watershed technician
This project resulted in estimated reductions of 24 lb. of phosphorus per year, 16 tons of sediment per year,66 fewer tons of soil lost annually, and 101 acre-feet of water entering the river
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Le Sueur Watershed Technician will provide highly focused targeting of conservation programs and practices in this key watershed. The technician will enhance current staff capabilities in the Le Sueur watershed by collecting landowner contact information, producing landowner mailings about funding opportunities, and meeting one-on-one with landowners to discuss conservation concerns they may have. This has been a highly successful method for targeting projects, project identification, landowner contact, and project follow through. The technician will implement 50 projects/practices over a three year period. The Le Sueur watershed is largely agricultural based and contributes high amounts of sediment and nutrients to the Minnesota River. The MPCA has completed its Total Maximum Daily Load assessment of the Le Sueur making this an ideal time to provide engagement and outreach with landowners out in the watershed.