Ag Commissioner seeks recommendations for new water quality pilot projects
ST. PAUL, Minn.
– Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson is seeking
recommendations for pilot project watershed areas for the Minnesota Agricultural
Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The program is designed to
accelerate voluntary adoption of agricultural practices that enhance water
This program will be the first of its type in the nation and
is the product of a state-federal partnership that includes the MDA,
the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Minnesota Board of Water and
Soil Resources (BWSR), the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR),
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Commissioner Frederickson says the pilot projects provide local
communities the opportunity to lead the state in developing and implementing
this unique approach to recognizing the stewardship and cooperation our
neighbors demonstrate every day.
farm organizations, soil and water conservation districts, commodity councils,
wildlife organizations and other agriculture-related groups can recommend a
watershed in their area as ideally suited for a pilot project location,” said
Frederickson. “The pilot project watersheds will serve as a guide for the rest
of Minnesota in producing a water
quality program that will best serve farms and families throughout the state.”
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification
Program pilot areas will be located in each of the primary agricultural regions
of the state: the Northwest, Central/Southwest, and Southeast and be
representative of the local diversity of agriculture (predominant land use
types, crops, livestock, water quality goals and resource concerns).
Pilot areas could receive significant funding from multiple
agencies to enhance water quality in their areas. Projects will be a maximum
three-year duration to enable diverse sample conditions in weather, production
systems, practice implementation, and other factors including emphasis on
replication of successful MAWQCP implementation and operation locally. The
pilot areas will be required to produce measurement of key elements needed for
a successful program.
The deadline to submit recommendations is March 1, 2013. For more information
about the pilot project or to obtain a recommendation form, contact Brad
Redlin, Program Manager, at 651-201-6489 or Brad.Redlin@state.mn.us