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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.