Minnesota Clean Water Fund projects selected

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has selected two projects to receive Clean Water Fund research contracts.

Both requests chosen come from researchers at the University of Minnesota.

The first project examines the design, performance and implementation of saturated buffers.

The other combines Best Management Practices to measure their collective effectiveness maintaining farm productivity while improving watershed conditions.

MDA research scientist Heidi Peterson says 13 proposals were reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from each state agency involved in agricultural issues, as well as three Minnesota farmers.

“The results of these projects go a lot farther than just the watershed that they’re working in.  It spreads across the state and the U.S. as well.”

The two projects will receive a combined total of more than $550,000 dollars.

Peterson tells Brownfield the Department of Ag works closely with the researchers.

“We have a very nice relationship and partnership with the University and the other organizations that we have funded.”

She says MDA helps publicize the results of Clean Water Fund projects and puts together fact sheets to assist others in developing action plans in the field.









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