Technical, financial and staff resources are becoming more difficult to retain and obtain. As resources are scarce, the targeting of agricultural BMPs and conservation structures to the most vulnerable areas of the landscape is critical. The goal should be to target conservation practices to the areas of the landscape where they will be most effective to meet local and regional water quality and ecosystem goals and objectives.
New tools and technologies are making it possible to target conservation practices to specific areas of the landscape. State agencies are working together to support the development of new technologies and to make them available to local partners through training and online resources. This area of research is developing and more tools such as digital terrain analysis, are made available each year. These resources should be used whenever possible. A multi-faceted approach to implementing BMPs on the landscape is an important component of preserving, conserving, enhancing and sustaining water and natural resources. It is recommended that consideration be given towards further developing and enhancing relations with all local conservation partners to align goals, objectives and outcomes of local plans to meet local water quality goals.
It is recommended that the authors of the local water plan continually review and acknowledge areas of shared concern and opportunity between complementary plans and to foster new partnerships. Considerations should be given for further engaging the agricultural sector while developing new plans or updating existing plans. Agricultural producers involved with local TMDL implementation plans, local water management plan advisory committees, NRCS local workgroups and other local committees can provide additional insight into agricultural landscape management.
Agricultural producers are key stakeholders in working with local, state and federal agencies on implementing positive changes within the agricultural landscape. The Clean Water Fund Activities website was developed to encourage producers to become involved at the local level with impaired waters issues.
The Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide provides more detailed information about funding opportunities. This guide complements, but does not replace the customized local expertise available via SWCDs and other local units of government to landowners throughout Minnesota. The guide provides contact information for Minnesota's 90 local SWCDs and other organizations that help landowners plan and implement conservation.
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center may be able to provide additional expertise on engaging agricultural producers in your county.
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