The Agricultural BMP Handbook for Minnesota
Tom Miller and Joel Peterson - Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc,
The purpose of this project was to conduct a comprehensive inventory of agricultural Best Management Practices (ag-BMPs) that address water quality problems in Minnesota. The goal was to create a single handbook that includes:
- A definition of ag-BMPs that affect water quality
- An estimate of the effectiveness of the each ag-BMP
- An estimate for the cost of design, installation and maintenance
- A list of the potential barrier to adoption
- A list of knowledge gaps
A link to the final Ag BMP Handbook for MInnesota as well as a detailed description of all projects is located at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research website.
About the Issue
This project was supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research Program. The overarching goals of this research program are to identify underlying processes that affect water quality, to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural Best Management Practices, and to develop technologies to target BMPs to critical areas of the landscape.
MDA funds research that is necessary to protect water resources in Minnesota. All projects are selected by an evaluation team. This team includes a diverse group of external stakeholders and state agency staff that have technical expertise and a broad understanding of water quality issues.
In the 2010 Request for Proposals (RFP), a total of nine projects were submitted totaling $2,408,356 in requested funds. The evaluation committee recommended that the top five projects be funded with the available $1,250,000.
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