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 RMB’s Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program.
The 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 RMB’s 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 RMB’s new online database to get your results, run trend analysis, and get lake reports. Results will be posted in on RMB’s online database 7-10 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 the lakes sampled in Douglas County include: 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.
1 Watershed 1 Plan (1W1P)
Sauk River Watershed
The Sauk River Watershed (070102020) lies in the heart of rural central Minnesota, encompassing a complex system of integrated lakes and streams. Located in the North Central Hardwoods Ecoregion, the Sauk River watershed transitions from an agricultural, semi-forested landscape in the northern region to a highly concentrated agricultural landscape in the central region to a very urbanized area in the southern region.
The Sauk River Watershed covers a large land area, over 1,042 square miles. The Sauk River originates from Osakis Lake, near the city of Osakis and flows southeasterly 134.9 river miles (MNDNR, 2011) to the city of St. Cloud, where it joins the Mississippi River. The watershed, like the Sauk River, extends in a northwest to southeast direction (see map below).
For policy documents and committee information please visit the Sauk River Watershed District’s website at http://www.srwdmn.org/ and click on the yellow One Watershed One Plan bubble.
Pomme de Ter Watershed
The Pomme de Terre River watershed is one of seven participating areas in the second round of One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) projects approved by the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR). 1W1P allows local governments charged with water management responsibility to organize and develop a comprehensive management plan based on a watershed scale. Currently, The Pomme de Terre Joint Powers Board (JPB) refers to many priorities, actions, and projects from six different county water management plans to make decisions about prioritizing project funds. As a result of this planning process and collaborating with local, state, and public members of the watershed area the JPB will be able to utilize a single document that will further pinpoint the current collaborative efforts by prioritizing, targeting, and measuring goals agreed upon. The proposed comprehensive document will ultimately ease the process of prioritizing projects and sharing funds among LGUs.
For policy documents and committee information please visit the Pomme De Terre River Association’s website at https://www.pdtriver.org/projects/one-watershed-one-plan/ .
Chippewa River Watershed
Long Prairie Watershed
Red Eye Watershed