Edge-of-Field monitoring began in Minnesota in 1997 with three sites as a part of the Red Top Tile Drainage Demonstration. Since then, EOF monitoring has been conducted as a part of ten unique projects.
- Dodge County Bioreactor Demonstration
- Discovery Farms Minnesota
- Nicollet County Drainage Demonstration
- Red River Valley Drainage Water Management
- Root River Field to Stream Partnership
- Clay County Drainage Demonstration
- Conservation Innovation Grant Monitoring EOF Monitoring Equipment Assessment
- Highway 90 Tile Demonstration
View the Evaluating Best Management Practice Effectiveness: Highway 90 Drainage Project presentation in the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library
- Red Top Tile Demonstration
- St. Clair Vegetative Filter Strip Demonstration
The MDA, along with cooperators and partners, is responsible for installing and maintaining equipment to collect water quality, flow, meteorological and other project specific data.
- Various projects have been created and completed since 1997. These projects are answering a variety of questions related to water quality and farming practices in both surface and subsurface runoff.
- From 1997-2008, demonstration sites were established to gain further information on the role of artificial subsurface tile drainage and water quality.
- In 2009, surface (overland) water quality and quantity monitoring began.
- In 2022, there were seven surface water and 18 subsurface tile sites monitored across all MDA EOF programs.
- Monitoring sites have been located across the different types of agricultural areas in Minnesota encompassing a variety of farming operations.