Principal Investigator: Tom Miller
Co-Investigator(s): Joel Peterson
Organization(s): Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc.
Sponsor: Clean Water Fund
Award Amount: $94,500
Start Date: 3/22/2011 | End Date: 6/29/2012
Project Manager(s): Adam Birr
** Recipient of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota's 2013 ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE HONOR AWARD !!
The purpose of this project is to conduct a comprehensive inventory of agricultural Best Management Practices (ag-BMPs) that address water quality impairments in Minnesota. The goal is to create a single handbook that includes:
When complete, the ag-BMP handbook will provide watershed professionals (i.e. local soil and water conservation staff, project managers, engineers, consultants, etc) the information necessary to identify suitable ag-BMPs. This will be a valuable tool that helps all persons involved with Total Maximum Daily Load studies (TMDLs) make more informed decisions.
The advantage of a handbook is that it can be reviewed overtime and easily updated to reflect the most recent advances in science and technology. This will serve to complement existing resources about BMPs that are currently available to conservation professionals.
TMDL is the acronym for Total Maximum Daily Load. A TMDL is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards.
Visit the EPA's TMDL webpage for general information
Visit the MPCA's TMDL webpage for information specific to Minnesota
The federal Clean Water Act requires states to adopt water quality standards to protect waters from pollution. These standards define how much of a pollutant can be in the water and still allow it to meet designated uses such as drinking water, fishing and swimming.
Water Standards are set for:
A waterbody is impaired if it does not meet water quality standards as set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), does not support it's desired use (i.e. drinking water, swimming, trout stream, etc), and is listed on the EPA's 303(d) list.
Grass waterways, buffer strips, cover crops, nutrient management plans, proper manure management, conservation tillage, irrigation water management, wind breaks, integrated pest management, fencing for livestock, etc.
Clean Water Technical Unit Supervisor
Margaret.Wagner@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6488