Native Grasses and Filter Strips for Runoff and Pollution Reduction
This project is a continuation and expansion of two historically successful ecological programs operated by the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District and Scott County Watershed Management Organization partnership, including the Native Grass Program (NGP) and Filter Strip Program (FSP). This continues work begun with FY2010 and 2012 CWF.
The SWCD/WMO partnership will offer these ecological practices through their joint cost share and incentive program. The long-term strategy is to reduce runoff volumes and targeted pollutants in priority areas, with native grass crops and filter strips identified as key practices. Being targeted are 50 and 20 acres of native grasses and filter strips, respectively.
Incentive rates established will take into account public benefits, private-market opportunity, and historic offerings ranging from $175 to $250/acre. In addition, 50% cost share will be provided for establishment. Past practice to leverage federal EQIP and CRP funds whenever possible will be employed.
This will benefit lakes in the Sand Creek Watershed, Sand Creek, Louisville Swamp, and Upper Credit River, as well as tributaries and ravine channels in the Blakeley Bluff region that discharge to the Minnesota River.
Please reference following link: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf
Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;
Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7
Reduce Phosphorus by 625 pounds/year, Sediment by 665 tons/year and runoff volume by 23 acre-feet/year.
Phosphorus was reduced by 789 pounds per year, sediment by 564 tons per year, and runoff volume by 31 acre-feet per year. The above reductions came from the installation of 22 acres of filter strips and 49 acres of native grasses.
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.