We do not know what are ground water resources are doing in real time and it has to do with state agencies that will not keep employees current in technology. There is a bigger problem, That problem is that the DNR will not accept historical data. The U of M published for many decades water resource technical bulletins. In these bulletins are data of static water levels in the 40', 50' and 60's and even before but ...more »
The USDA NRCS Soil Health initiative recognizes 4 basic principals; minimize tillage, keep soil covered, leave living roots in the ground year around, and increase crop diversity (both the bible and George Washington advocated a seven year rotation). Additionally, properly integrating livestock on the landscape dramatically improves soil health. Healthy soil reduces fertilizer needs, improves plant health, increases ...more »
There are many smaller parcels, where maybe the homestead and some marginal farm acres were sold off that are not eligible for any conservation programs, yet could play a larger role in the solution as they are scattered around everywhere, and typically do consist of marginal lands. Perennial plantings or prairie restoration and tree cover could help with both wind and water erosion, and the homeowner could get some help ...more »
MPCA Citizen Advisory Board gave a voice to everyday people. Agribusiness - industrial agriculture does not want regulation or oversight. GIVE BACK a voice to MN citizens!!
Agribusiness and industrial agriculture has been exempt from cleaning up the water that comes out of drain tile. This water often has nitrogen and phosphates. Drain tile needs to be permitted, followed and documented. If you have drain tile on your land and do not hold the water, you should NOT be eligible for irrigation permits. Those laws on the books need to be enforced. Agencies need to be empowered to do their ...more »