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Additional Clean Water Resources

Additional Resources: Tools and information about water

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is using a portion of the Minnesota's Clean Water Fund to broaden our understanding of water quality and water related issues.  The tools and technologies developed provide an increase in scientific knowledge as well as improve our ability to share information.  The MDA supports partnerships and is able to distribute money to assist in the development of these clean water tools and information. 

Clean Water Fund activities:

  • Minnesota Water Research Digital Library
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture maintains a centralized, web-based inventory of water related research in Minnesota. Users are able to access and search for thousands of research documents by topic, location and other attributes.
  • Manure Applicator Education
    Clean Water funding was used to develop training manuals and resources for manure applicators and site managers. These educational materials will help ensure that manure is safely handled and properly applied.  
  • Precision Conservation Workshops
    Between April and November 2010, the MDA held seven one-day workshops, training over 140 local conservation professionals on LiDAR-based digital terrain analysis techniques for identifying critical areas of the landscape. These workshops are part of a larger initiative to promote precision conservation and to target conservation practices to areas of the landscape where they will be most effective.
  • Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast
    In joint partnership, the MDA and the National Weather Service have developed a tool to help farmers and commercial applicators with the timing of manure application. The system uses the most current forecast information to predict the likelihood of runoff in coming days. Runoff can remove freshly applied nutrients from the targeted field.
  • Water Quality Models and Tools 
    In February 2016, the MDA hosted a symposium to discuss currently used or funded surface water quality models and tools. Speakers provided an overview and discussed uses, case studies and possible limitations. View presentation videos from this event.


MDA Contacts

Margaret Wagner
Supervisor, Clean Water Technical Assistance Unit
Margaret.Wagner@state.mn.us, 651-201-6488