Rock County Rural Water Nitrogen Reduction

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$78,930
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Rock SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Proposed
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2020
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Rock
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 7(b) (BWSR Projects and Practices 2018)
Appropriation Language

$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 the second year are for grants to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$78,930
Other Funds Leveraged
$4,310
Direct expenses
$78,930
Administration costs
$0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable outcomes will be 711 acres of ground with row crop production to inclusion of cover crops, split application of nitrogen on corn rotations, or perennial vegetation. Model calculations of nitrogen saved are currently unavailable per BWSR.

Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Members for Rock SWCD are: Angie Raatz, Arvin Pater, Bill Folger, Cal Spronk, David Esselink, Eugene Cragoe, Ian Cunningham, Josh Ossefoort, Ken Christensen, Roger Hoff
Project Details

The goal of this project is to implement Nitrogen reducing Best Management Practices and Alternate Management Tools on agricultural land to reduce groundwater contamination of nitrate-nitrogen (NO3-N) in a vulnerable wellhead area in Southwest Minnesota. This area is primarily agricultural land with high production rates. The goal is to have 25% of land using perennial crops, cover crops, and split application within the proposed project area totaling 711 acres. This project will include providing incentives to seed down alfalfa, hay, Kernza Grain or other perennial cash crops, using cover crops to absorb excess NO3-N and split applying NO3-N to minimize loss to the environment.

Project Manager
First Name
Laura
Last Name
DeBeer
Organization Name
Rock SWCD
Street Address
119 2nd Ave SW Ste 13
City
Pipestone
State
MN
Zip Code
56164
Phone
507-825-1185
Email
laura.debeer@co.pipestone.mn.us
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer