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Request for Proposal and Research Priorities

Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment logoMDA's Clean Water Fund Research

2017 Request for Proposals: DEADLINE HAS PASSED 
Deadline for submission was February 10th, 2017.

Proposals should quantify agricultural conservation practice effectiveness related to nutrient source reduction, off-site movement, and treatment in the State of Minnesota. Proposals must include a cost effectiveness component, as well as an education and outreach plan to benefit the people of Minnesota. Priority scoring will be given to those projects which build on existing infrastructure or data assessment.

MDA Impaired Waters Research Priorities are:

  • Address research gaps identified in the 2012 Minnesota Agricultural Best Management Practice (BMP) Handbook for common agricultural drainage water management practices, including one or more of the following: the sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus reduction effectiveness, associated biogeochemical processes, resulting hydrologic impacts, or construction design criteria. This can include the continuation of currently funded projects to encourage long-term data assessment or linking multiple practices to determine the effectiveness of a treatment-train approach.
  • Evaluate and quantify, using field plots, the impact and effects of agricultural fertilizer BMPs and/or soil health principles on sub-surface drainage water quality, specifically the movement and loss of nitrates, phosphorus, and other contaminants.
  • Conduct an assessment of whether agricultural conservation practices (management, vegetative, and structural) remain and are effective after the expiration of their contract and design life expectations; although LiDAR data may be critical in the assessment, the proposal must also include an onsite field walkover survey of Minnesota farms coordinated with a partnering Soil and Water Conservation District or other local government unit. Evaluate whether the conservation practice is functioning, its age, and to what extent maintenance contributed to the functionality or life expectancy of the practice. Determine the reason(s) why or why not a practice has been maintained by the operator. Additional considerations may include: 
    • Evaluation of the expected remaining effectiveness of each practice based on NRCS Standards and Specificatoin and Operation and Maintenance plans. 
    • Evaluation of the practicality and cost effectiveness for these practices to be modified to provide added, alternative, or longer-lasting water quality benefits.