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Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program


The logo for the Minneosta Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary program designed to accelerate adoption of on-farm conservation practices that protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Producers who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn assured that their operation meets the state’s water quality goals and standards for a period of 10 years.

Through this program, certified producers receive:

  • Regulatory certainty: certified producers will not be subject to new water quality regulations during the period of certification
  • Priority for technical assistance and cost share dollars for practices that protect water quality 

Through this program, the public receives:

  • Assurance that certified producers are using conservation  practices to protect Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams

Watch a video about the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.

Program Background

MAWQCP Advisory Committee

MAWQCP Brochure


Become a Certified Farm!

If you are a farmer in one of the four MAWQCP Pilot Areas, you are now eligible to participate in this program.

Why should you participate?

  • Protect and improve water in local lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Receive recognition that you are doing all that is being asked to protect water quality.
  • Gain regulatory certainty: certified producers will not be subject to new water quality regulations during the ten year period of certification.
  • Demonstrate leadership and stewardship.
  • To be part of the solution!

Pilot AreasA map showing the pilot areas for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.

The MDA is piloting this program in four watersheds across the state to improve the program with local input. If you have any land within one of the pilot watersheds, you are eligible to participate in the program and to enhance the program with your feedback. Pilot areas are located in four distinct regions of the state; these areas represent a diversity of Minnesota’s agricultural landscapes and cropping systems, differences in water resource concerns and also leverage the strength of existing local partnerships.

The pilot areas include: Elm Creek in Faribault, Jackson, and Martin counties, the Middle Sauk River in Stearns County, Whiskey Creek in Otter Tail and Wilkin counties, and the Whitewater River in Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties.

Watch the video of the MAWQCP pilot area announcement


In the News


Stay Connected

Sign up on the MAWQCP Email List to receive email updates with the latest information on the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.

Email us at mda.mawqcp@state.mn.us.


Partners

Logos for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.

MDA Contact

Brad Redlin, Program Manager
651-201-6489
brad.redlin@state.mn.us