Agriculture is the major land use in the Cannon River watershed. It plays an important role in our local economy and also in determining the health of our lakes, rivers, and streams through its impact on the environment.
CRWP’s agriculture program has two main focuses:
- Improving soil health and water conservation through increasing the use of cover crops
- Improving the health of high priority lakes and streams through targeted conservation practices
CRWP’s agriculture program’s work is carried out in partnership with the six Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and six counties (Dakota, Le Sueur, Goodhue, Rice, Steele, and Waseca) that have land in the Cannon River watershed.
Encouraging Use of Cover Crops
We work to improve soil health on agricultural fields across the entire Cannon River watershed with a current focus on increasing the use of cover crops.
Creating Healthier Streams and Lakes
We work to improve the health of high priority streams and lakes by working with farmers, landowners, and local government units to implement targeted conservation practices.
For example, we have been working to improve Rice Creek, a valuable habitat for native brook trout, though a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fishers and Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi Basin.
Recent Program News
Buffer Field Day Addresses Questions of Implementation – Northfield News, August 2016