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Lake Mendota Farms Eligible for USDA Healthy Watershed Initiative

Renae Anderson, Public Affairs Specialist
(608) 662-4422 ext 227

Pat Sutter, Dane County Land and Water Resources Department, 608-224-3740
Adam Dowling, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service  608-224-3730

Map of Dane County MRBI Project – 3 MB 

More information on MRBI in Dane County

 Applications due April 19

 Madison, Wis–– An intense agricultural conservation effort to reduce nutrients feeding into Lake Mendota is currently on-going in Dane County. A multi-year project between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Dane County is working towards improving water quality in the Sixmile Creek Watershed.

The Dane County Land and Water Resources Department applied for special funding through the USDA Upper Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative. This year, $1.1 million will be available to help fund farmland conservation practices to reduce nutrients and sediment flowing to Lake Mendota and the Upper Mississippi Basin. To date, Dane County received $2.6 million over the course of the project to implement farm conservation practices aimed at nutrient reduction to the lake.

According to Adam Dowling, District Conservationist for NRCS in Dane County, “This Upper Mississippi Healthy Watershed project is helping farmers voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that reduce nutrient runoff from agricultural land. We are working with the farmers to monitor results and assess which practices are most effective in this landscape.”

Farmers located within the Sixmile Creek Watershed may apply for cost-sharing through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Eligible conservation practices include nutrient management planning, grass waterways, buffer strips, crop residue management and other practices that trap sediment and reduce nutrient runoff.

Farmers must complete applications by April 19 for consideration for 2013 funding.

For more information, visit , or contact Dane County Land and Water Resources Department at 608-224-3730.

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