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Elm Creek Watershed. Green Lands, Blue Waters Annual Conference November 20-21, 2013 Linda Meschke, Rural Advantage. Elm Creek Watershed. Elm Creek. HUC 10 173,000 acres Land Use Agricultural Corn Soybeans Swine Towns Bergen Trimont Northrup Jackson. Why Elm Creek?.

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Elm creek watershed

Elm Creek Watershed

Green Lands, Blue Waters Annual Conference

November 20-21, 2013

Linda Meschke, Rural Advantage


Elm creek watershed

Elm Creek Watershed


Elm creek

Elm Creek

  • HUC 10

  • 173,000 acres

  • Land Use

    • Agricultural

      • Corn

      • Soybeans

      • Swine

  • Towns

    • Bergen

    • Trimont

    • Northrup

    • Jackson


Why elm creek

Why Elm Creek?

  • Watershed is Impaired

    • Does not meet MN Water Quality Standards

  • Impairments:

    • Affected Designated Use:

      • Aquatic Life

    • Pollutant or Stressor

      • Fishes – Bio-assessment

      • Turbidity

  • Downstream Impairments:

  • Lower MN River

    • Dissolved Oxygen

  • Blue Earth River

    • Fecal Coliform

    • Turbidity

  • Statewide

    • Mercury


Why elm creek continued

Why Elm Creek? [continued]

Progressive farmers who are leaders in their industry. [Farmer Led]

History of doing & participation in conservation programs.

University of Minnesota leadership & involvement.

Local leadership from agencies and producers.

and

Confidence that a successful program can be done here that can be replicated elsewhere.


What is working to drive change key principles

What is Working to Drive Change?Key Principles:

  • Farmer Led [Listen & Apply Their Ideas]

  • Keep the raindrop where it falls.

    • Cheapest and most effective way to treat water.

    • Further the raindrop moves, the more costly and the less effective treatment is.

  • Manage your land in a way that enhances the biological aspects of the soil to increase productivity and reduce nutrient leaching.

  • Increase soil organic matter.


Target priorities how can continuous living cover be applied

Target Priorities:How Can Continuous Living Cover Be Applied?

  • Nutrient Management

    • Commercial Fertilizer

    • Manure

  • Cover Crops

  • Drainage Water Management

  • Soil Erosion

  • Soil Health

  • Buffers


Tile outlet treatment trains

Tile Outlet Treatment Trains

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Demonstrating Farmer Led Conservation in Elm Creek Watershed - Rural Advantage

TOTT is simply a series of upland, riparian and in-stream practices that work together to cumulatively leverage pollution reductions from agricultural systems.

  • 1. Upland

    • Cover Crops

    • Soil Health Building

    • Residue Management

    • Extended Crop Rotation

    • Nutrient Management

    • Controlled Drainage

  • 2. Near Outlet

    • Bioreactors

    • Saturated Buffers

    • Water Storage

    • Two Stage Ditches

    • Constructed Wetland

  • 3. Downstream

    • Microbial & Macroinvertebrate Habitat

    • Hyporheic flow w/Constructed Riffles

    • Biochar & Slag Iron in Constructed Glides


What is next

What is Next?

  • Tile Outlet Treatment Trains

  • Drainage Management

  • MN Ag Water Quality Certainty Program

    • Conservation Planning

    • CLC Mindset


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