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2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report
2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report
Summary, This annual report presents groundwater and surface water pesticide data collected by the Monitoring and Assessment Unit (MAU) of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Water quality results for 2015, as well as summaries of historical pesticide data, are presented and assessed/ The report also presents monitoring results for select nutrients and total suspended solids from samples collected at the same time as the pesticide samples, as well as summaries of nutrient and pesticide data from several special projects conducted by the MAU in 2015., Full text
2016 Lakes Monitoring Report
2016 Lakes Monitoring Report
Yes, Summary, This annual report focuses on the water quality of the five lakes (Como, Crosby, Little Crosby, Loeb, and McCarrons) in Capitol Region Watershed District during the 2016 monitoring season (April through October). Specific water quality data (total phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, and Secchi disk depth) for each lake from 2016 were compared to historical data collected in previous monitoring years. Additional biological and physical parameter results (i.e. phytoplankton, zooplankton, macrophytes, fisheries, lake morphometry, and water levels) are also included in this report. The purpose of this report is to characterize overall lake water quality and health in 2016 and to examine trends over time, which in turn will inform lake management decisions for continued protection and improvement of District lakes. Previous annual monitoring reports (2005-2015) are available on the CRWD website at www.capitolregionwd.org., Full text
2016 Nonpoint Priority Funding Plan
2016 Nonpoint Priority Funding Plan
Summary, The Nonpoint Priority Funding Plan (NPFP) is a criteria-based process to prioritize Clean Water Fund nonpoint implementation investments. It provides state agencies with a coordinated, transparent and adaptive method to ensure that Clean Water Fund implementation allocations are targeted to cost-effective actions with measurable water quality results. Version 1.0 of the NPFP (Appendix A) was foundational and continues to provide guidance on how to prioritize nonpoint implementation actions at the State level. With only one fiscal year of funding distributed thus far, this update does not evaluate, reassess or change the three high level State priorities or the nine criteria established in the first version. The primary focus of this update is to: - Provide specific examples on the progress made to date on how the NPFP is being used to guide and prioritize nonpoint implementation actions at the State level. - Provide updated financial information from the FY18-19 biennial budget request (BBR). The intent of this update is not to provide accountability of Clean Water Fund programs, nor track the progress made using Clean Water Funds. Two case studies are provided (on Page 12; in Section 4 of this update) as examples of efforts currently underway; demonstrating how statewide water quality goals translate to local sub-watershed actions., Full text
2016 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - South Central Region
2016 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - South Central Region
Yes, Summary, The Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI) is a simple tool to help evaluate the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer inputs through the use of on-farm side-by-side trials. The NMI was reintroduced in 2015 with direct funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and includes field trial options that consider nitrogen rate, timing, stabilizer, and source evaluations. In 2016, 100 farmers worked with 29 crop advisers statewide to establish 101 on-farm trials geared towards improving nitrogen efficiencies on their own farms. Since 2015, there has been a total 269 NMI trials in Minnesota., Full text
2016 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - Statewide
2016 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - Statewide
Yes, Summary, The Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI) is a simple tool to help evaluate the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer inputs through the use of on-farm side-by-side trials. The NMI was reintroduced in 2015 with direct funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and includes field trial options that consider nitrogen rate, timing, stabilizer, and source evaluations. In 2016, 100 farmers worked with 29 crop advisers statewide to establish 101 on-farm trials geared towards improving nitrogen efficiencies on their own farms. Since 2015, there has been a total 269 NMI trials in Minnesota., Full text
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Northeast Region Results
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Northeast Region Results
Yes, Summary, The Nutrient Management Initiative is a simple tool to help evaluate the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer practices through the use of on-farm trials. The NMI provides direct funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to farmers and crop advisers to support on-farm trials, including nitrogen rate, timing, stabilizer, and source evaluations. In 2017, 115 farmers worked with 31 crop advisers to establish 118 on-farm trials geared towards improving nitrogen use efficiency on their own farms. In 2017, 22 field trials were done in Northeast Minnesota. Since 2015, a total 507 on-farm NMI trials have been completed in Minnesota. The program continues to be competitive, as funding is limited. The program is not able to support the strong demand and growing number of applicants each year., Full text
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - Northwest Region
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - Northwest Region
Yes, Summary, The Nutrient Management Initiative is a simple tool to help evaluate the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer practices through the use of on-farm trials. The NMI provides direct funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to farmers and crop advisers to support on-farm trials, including nitrogen rate, timing, stabilizer, and source evaluations. In 2017, 115 farmers worked with 31 crop advisers to establish 118 on-farm trials geared towards improving nitrogen use efficiency on their own farms. There were four trials in the northwest region of the state. Since 2015, a total 507 on-farm NMI trials have been completed in Minnesota. The program continues to be competitive, as funding is limited. The program is not able to support the strong demand and growing number of applicants each year., Full text
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - South Central Region
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - South Central Region
Yes, Summary, The Nutrient Management Initiative is a simple tool to help evaluate the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer practices through the use of on-farm trials. The NMI provides direct funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to farmers and crop advisers to support on-farm trials, including nitrogen rate, timing, stabilizer, and source evaluations. In 2017, 115 farmers worked with 31 crop advisers to establish 118 on-farm trials geared towards improving nitrogen use efficiency on their own farms. There were 33 field trials in South Central Minnesota. Since 2015, a total 507 on-farm NMI trials have been completed in Minnesota. The program continues to be competitive, as funding is limited. The program is not able to support the strong demand and growing number of applicants each year., Full text
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - Southeast Region
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - Southeast Region
Yes, Summary, The Nutrient Management Initiative is a simple tool to help evaluate the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer practices through the use of on-farm trials . The NMI provides direct funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to farmers and crop advisers to support on-farm trials, including nitrogen rate, timing, stabilizer, and source evaluations. In 2017, 115 farmers worked with 31 crop advisers to establish 118 on-farm trials geared towards improving nitrogen use efficiency on their own farms. Since 2015, a total 507 on-farm NMI trials have been completed in Minnesota. The program continues to be competitive, as funding is limited . The program is not able to support the strong demand and growing number of applicants each year., Full text
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - Southwest/West Central Region
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Results - Southwest/West Central Region
Yes, Summary, The Nutrient Management Initiative is a simple tool to help evaluate the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer practices through the use of on-farm trials. The NMI provides direct funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to farmers and crop advisers to support on-farm trials, including nitrogen rate, timing, stabilizer, and source evaluations. In 2017, 115 farmers worked with 31 crop advisers to establish 118 on-farm trials geared towards improving nitrogen use efficiency on their own farms. Since 2015, a total 507 on-farm NMI trials have been completed in Minnesota, 16 trials were in the Southwest, West Central region. The program continues to be competitive, as funding is limited. The program is not able to support the strong demand and growing number of applicants each year., Full text
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Statewide Results
2017 Nutrient Management Initiative Statewide Results
Yes, Summary, The Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI) is a simple tool to help evaluate the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer practices through the use of on-farm trials. The NMI provides direct funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to farmers and crop advisers to support on-farm trials, including nitrogen rate, timing, stabilizer, and source evaluations. In 2017, 115 farmers worked with 31 crop advisers to establish 118 on-farm trials geared towards improving nitrogen use efficiency on their own farms. Since 2015, a total 507 on-farm NMI trials have been completed in Minnesota. The program continues to be competitive, as funding is limited. The program is not able to support the strong demand and growing number of applicants each year. Organizing and evaluating the results from the NMI is difficult with many variables to consider, including different farming practices, field variability, and weather patterns that can influence results. The purpose of NMI is to provide farmers with an opportunity to compare different nitrogen practices on their own farms and evaluate other trials from the same region. The NMI can go a long way to help relay the positive efforts farmers are already making on their farms to the public, and serve as a great tool for discussion on ideas to help benefit yields and water quality in Minnesota., Full text
2017 Private Well Pesticide Sampling Work Plan
2017 Private Well Pesticide Sampling Work Plan
Yes, Summary, At the direction of the Minnesota Legislature (Minn. Stat.; 2013 Minn. Laws Chap. 137 Art. 2 Sec. 3(b)), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) began evaluating pesticide presence and magnitude in private residential drinking water wells in Dakota County in September of 2014 as part of the Private Well Pesticide Sampling (PWPS) Pilot Project. The PWPS Pilot Project served as a model for the implementation of the PWPS Project throughout the state in 2015 & 2016. This Work Plan will outline the steps and procedures that will be taken to implement the PWPS Project in 2017., Full text

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