Interseeding Cover Crops into Standing Corn in June

CRWP Receives New Cover Crop Grant CRWP has received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to explore an innovative method to seeding cover crops into fields with standing corn. Because of Minnesota’s relatively short growing season, seeding cover crops after corn harvest does not leave enough time for the cover crop to get […]

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West Jefferson Sewer Project Making Progress

CRWP is assisting with a new effort to construct a sewer system for West Jefferson Lake in Le Sueur County. The system would bring sewage from 140 properties around West Jefferson Lake to the City of Cleveland for treatment. The project is modeled after the successful Roberds Lake sewer project that CRWP helped facilitate and […]

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CRWP Partners with Farmers to Experiment with Cover Crops

As the fall harvest comes to a close and winter starts to set in, you might see more fields of green than in years past as you drive around the watershed.  This year CRWP is partnering with 15 farmers to help them experiment with incorporating cover crops into their operations. The farmers have planted 710 […]

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CRWP Creates Revolving Loan Fund

At its September board meeting, the CRWP Board of Directors approved the creation of a revolving loan fund to provide gap funding for small communities receiving assistance from the Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative program. The fund can be used by small communities working on sewer projects to cover interim costs needed to keep their project […]

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Turtle Creek Project Underway

Construction began in September on new sewer (and water) lines to service 27 homes and 1 church west of the City of Austin along Turtle Creek. The area was originally part of Austin Township and was annexed to the City of Austin in 2014 in order to provide water and sewer services to the area. The […]

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Local Farmers and Conservation Professionals Learn about Soil Health in Trip to North Dakota

Ten farmers and six conservation professionals went to Bismarck, North Dakota August 6th to see what all the buzz is about on cover crops, grazing techniques, and more.  The trip was set up by the Rice Soil and Water Conservation District as a way to promote soil health.  Jay Fuhrer, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist […]

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Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Survey

In February, CRWP sent out a survey to 560 landowners and farm operators that had a conservation reserve program (CRP) contract expire in 2012, 2013, or 2014. We received 291 surveys back, a very good response rate of 52%. The amount of land coming out of the CRP program in recent years has been a […]

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CRWP Buffer Forum draws over 150 people

Buffers along shoreline has been an important issue to CRWP for many years as a way to reduce pollution.  On April 6th we hosted a forum to discuss Governor Dayton’s Buffer Initiative at Legvold Farms in Dakota County.  A standing room only crowd of over 150 people asked questions and offered suggestions both for and against […]

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Buffer Proposal Forum

Buffer Proposal Forum Monday, April 6th 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Legvold Farms 5103 315 St. W. Northfield, MN 55057 On  March 9, 2015  a bill (HF 1534/SF1537) was introduced to the Minnesota Legislature regarding riparian buffers in Minnesota.  The proposal is intended to result in greater protection of our waters from polluted runoff and […]

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Funding Awarded to Fix the City of Myrtle’s Sewer Systems, March 2015

For the past two years CRWP’s Small Community Wastewater program has been assisting the City of Myrtle, located southeast of Albert Lea in Freeborn County, in exploring options to fix the city’s sewer system. Currently, the community of 30 properties is hooked into a community collection system that dumps raw sewage into a nearby creek. […]

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