Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
The Conservation Reserve Program pays a yearly rental payment in exchange for farmers removing environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and planting species that will improve environmental quality. Learn More
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
A voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. Learn More
Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM)
Landowners receive a payment to voluntarily enroll land in a conservation easement. A variety of land types are eligible, including wetland restoration areas, riparian agricultural lands, marginal cropland, pastured hillsides, and sensitive groundwater areas. After land is enrolled, it is managed under a conservation plan, which generally includes items like wetland restoration (for areas with drained wetlands), native grass plantings, and tree plantings. Learn More
Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)
A voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years. Learn More
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Agricultural producers maintain and improve existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resource concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance – the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Learn More
Walk-In Access (WIA) provides public hunting opportunities on private land that is already enrolled in existing conservation programs or lands with high quality natural cover. WIA program is voluntary for landowners. Most landowners chose to enroll their property for two or three years. Enrolled lands are covered under the Minnesota recreational use laws that limit landowners’ liability. DNR conservation officers handle trespass and hunting violations. Learn More
Lake Monitoring Program
The purpose of this program is to determine and monitor the trophic state of a lake. The trophic state of a lake can change over time due to both natural and human addition or subtraction of nutrients going into the lake. A long-term lake data set can be used for trend analysis, which can interpret a lake's health over time. Over 1,000 Minnesota lakes have chosen to participate in our Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program.
Our lakes monitoring program involves citizen volunteers collecting water samples once a month from May through September for phosphorus and chlorophyll a analysis. Other observations such as Secchi disk, lake level, rainfall, and recreational suitability are also documented. Following laboratory analysis, the data is available on our website and shared with the MPCA's statewide database.
Want to lean about lake biology and what you're testing for?
Visit our new lakes monitoring website where you can find training videos, helpful articles and a Limnology Primer to learn about lake mixing, trophic states, and much more. Visit www.rmbel.info/primer/
Want to find your lake testing results?
Check out our new online database to get your results, run trend analysis, and get lake reports. Results will be posted in our online database 7-7 0 days after sample collection. Visit www.rmbel.info/data/
Lake sampler training will be held May 2nd at Public Works (West Room) from 1:00 - 3:00. If you would like to be sampling this year, please update your contact information, or notify Danielle with any changes. If your lake will have a new sampler, make sure their contact information is updated as well.
In previous years, these were the lakes sampled: Brophy, Carlos, Chippewa, Darling, Geneva, Ida, Irene, Latoka, Le Homme Dieu, Lobster, Mary, Miltona, Pocket, Rachel, Smith, Stowe, Stony, Vermont, and Victoria. No samples were taken from Cowdry.