Edge-of-field (EOF) monitoring projects are designed to collect accurate measurements of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus movement over the soil surface and through subsurface drainage tiles. This work leads to a better understanding of the relationship between agricultural management and water quality.
EOF monitoring began in Minnesota in 1997 with three sites as a part of the Red Top Tile Drainage Demonstration. Since then, EOF monitoring has been conducted as a part of seven unique projects:
The MDA along with cooperators and partners, is responsible for installing and maintaining equipment to collect water quality, flow, meteorological and other project specific data.
The graph displays the average monthly sediment losses (lb/acre) and precipitation (inches) for all four Root River Field to Stream Partnership EOF surface water monitoring sites from 2010-2016.
The collection of this data provides a useful tool to help inform the public and work with landowners to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution.
The data collected through EOF monitoring help to better understand the relationship between agriculture management and water quality. These data help inform the discussion about ways to improve water quality by installing best management practices (BMPs) throughout the landscape. The table provides BMPs that have been or will be installed throughout three sub-watersheds within the Root River watershed. These actions are a result of the data collected as part of the Root River Field to Stream Partnership.
Table 1: Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Practice Standards Installed as Part of the Root River Field to Stream Partnership
*Sediment removal behind a filled WASCOB.