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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
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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