St. Croix River Watershed Agricultural Runoff Reduction Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$48,800
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Pine SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Pine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$48,800
Other Funds Leveraged
$15,000
Direct expenses
$48,800
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will result in a no-till drill program with a goal of installing 1,600 acres a year of cover crops.

Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Members for Pine SWCD are: Douglas Odegard, Jerry Telker, Joseph Luedtke, Skip Thomson, Tom Swaim
Project Overview

This project will improve water quality, reducing phosphorus annually by 1,842 in the St. Croix, Kettle and Snake River Watersheds in Pine County by establishing cover crops to reduce erosion and phosphorus/fertilizer applications, increase soil fertility, permeability, and microbe activity. A no-till drill will be purchased for use by agricultural producers for installing cover crops as a means of decreasing soil erosion, reducing phosphorus and fertilizer applications and increasing soil health. Outreach tools will be developed to annually contact and encourage agricultural producers to install 1,600 acres of cover crops a year for a period of 10 years. A partnership with NRCS will provide in-kind staff time match throughout the project with landowner contacts, cover crop plans, and implementing cover crop installations with financial match through USDA programs. A demonstration project will be conducted late summer or fall of 2017 to inform agricultural producers of the benefits of cover crops and encourage participation in the program.

Project Manager
First Name
Jill
Last Name
Carlier
Organization Name
Pine SWCD
Street Address
1602 Hwy 23 N
City
Sandstone
State
MN
Zip Code
55072
Phone
320-216-4241
Email
jill.carlier@co.pine.mn.us
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp