BISMARCK, N.D. — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Red River Basin Commission announced they will allocate $3.63 million in financial assistance through the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program. These funds will be administered by NRCS in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota portions of the Red River Basin. Funds will be utilized by local landowners to help address problems related to erosion, water quality, and flooding.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is a headwaters state for three major watersheds — the Mississippi River, the Red River and Great Lakes.
That means a rain drop that falls on a Minnesota farm field can end up in the Gulf of Mexico, Hudson Bay or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It also means that decisions made in management of Minnesota land — whether urban, suburban or rural — can make a difference thousands of miles away.
With so many of this area’s recreational and tourism opportunities centered on its lakes and rivers, it’s no secret that water quality is a priority issue in west central Minnesota.
By Vicki Gerdes, Detroit Lakes Tribune
July 21, 2010
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