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Water Quality Reductions in Hawk Creek Watershed and Land Retirement In Renville County Joe M. Stangel - Renville SWCD Patrick Baskfield - MPCA.

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1 Water Quality Reductions in Hawk Creek Watershed and Land Retirement In Renville County Joe M. Stangel - Renville SWCD Patrick Baskfield - MPCA

2 Hawk and Beaver Creek Watersheds

3 Between 1999 and 2006, substantial reductions in flow weighted mean concentrations of several water quality parameters have been documented for both Hawk and Beaver Creeks located the Upper Minnesota river Basin West Fork Beaver CreekHawk Creek near Maynard

4 Le Sueur River Reductions have occurred with both sediment and phosphorus; what happened? West Fork Beaver Creek 6/2/2004 Blue Earth River Watonwan River

5 Total Suspended Solids (TSS) Flow Weighted Mean Concentrations TSS surrogate value for noncompliance with State turbidity standard (58 mg/L for WCBP ecoregion)

6 Total Phophorus (TP) Flow Weighted Mean Concentrations

7 Nitrate nitrogen flow weighted mean concentrations show an increasing trend

8 Summary  Monitoring data from show 45-50% reductions in sediment flow weighted mean total suspended flow weighted mean concentrations and 20-25% reductions in phosphorus flow weighted mean concentrations (conservative estimates)  Nitrate nitrogen flow weighted mean concentrations have increased 20 to 30% during this same time period.

9 Where is Renville County?

10 Renville County Agricultural Statistics 2005  #1 Corn for Grain  #1 Green Peas  #1 Sweet Corn  #3 Soybeans  #5 Sugar Beets  #5 Dry Edible Beans  #5 Pig Crop 575,177 Cropland Acres

11 Renville County Conservation Program Statistics 2006  CREP 9,501.4  RIM 4,922.7  CCRP 3,579.1  CRP 2,044.7  WRP 1,513.0  RIM/WRP Total Private Lands Conservation, 21,872.2 acres Or 3.8% percent of total county area.

12 Easements in Renville County and Beaver Creek Watershed

13 Water Quality Problems Abound!

14 Water Quantity Issues Minnesota River Flood 1997

15 Easement History

16 Motivation

17 Direct Marketing  Mass Mailings  Land Specific Quotes  One on One Contacts  Landowner Example  Indirect Marketing  Easement History  Square Things Up  Tax Break  Payments  Investment for future  Lender Referrals  Hunting Land  Legacy  Marginal Land Target

18 Outside Influence  Freedom to Farm Act  Economic Climate  Competitive Payments  Easement History

19 Hard Work = Success

20 Ultimate Goal!

21 Beaver Creek Watershed 126,631 acres

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23 Beaver Creek Reaches  Buffer40%  ½ Buffer10%  No Buffer50%  176 Easements (RIM, CREP)  6,561 acres

24 GIS Skills  Thanks to: Shawn Weick - NRCS Jason Ewert - MPCA


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