Watonwan 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 2 lb. of phosphorus per year, 1 ton of sediment per year, 3 tons of soil loss per year, and 2 acre-feet of stormwater
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Watonwan Watershed Technician will provide highly focused targeting of conservation programs and practices. The technician will enhance current staff capabilities in the Watonwan watershed by collecting landowner contact information from previous studies and GIS methods, produce mass mailings about funding opportunities, and meet one-on-one with landowners to discuss their conservation concerns. The technician will implement 45 projects/practices over a three year period. The Watonwan watershed is largely agricultural based and contributes high amounts of sediment and nutrients to the Minnesota River. As the MPCA is set to begin its Total Maximum Daily Load assessment, this is the perfect time to work with landowners out in the watershed and to provide engagement and outreach to residents.