Presentation on theme: "Water Quality Reductions in Hawk Creek Watershed and Land Retirement In Renville County Joe M. Stangel - Renville SWCD Patrick Baskfield - MPCA."— Presentation transcript:
Water Quality Reductions in Hawk Creek Watershed and Land Retirement In Renville County Joe M. Stangel - Renville SWCD Patrick Baskfield - MPCA
Hawk and Beaver Creek Watersheds
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
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
Total Suspended Solids (TSS) Flow Weighted Mean Concentrations TSS surrogate value for noncompliance with State turbidity standard (58 mg/L for WCBP ecoregion)
Total Phophorus (TP) Flow Weighted Mean Concentrations
Nitrate nitrogen flow weighted mean concentrations show an increasing trend
Summary Monitoring data from 1999-2005 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.
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 311.3 Total Private Lands Conservation, 21,872.2 acres Or 3.8% percent of total county area.
Easements in Renville County and Beaver Creek Watershed
Water Quality Problems Abound!
Water Quantity Issues Minnesota River Flood 1997
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
Outside Influence Freedom to Farm Act Economic Climate Competitive Payments Easement History
Hard Work = Success
Beaver Creek Watershed 126,631 acres
Beaver Creek Reaches Buffer40% ½ Buffer10% No Buffer50% 176 Easements (RIM, CREP) 6,561 acres
GIS Skills Thanks to: Shawn Weick - NRCS Jason Ewert - MPCA