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NMSDP facilitates sustainable development in northeastern Minnesota by identifying and supporting targeted research and education projects; and by developing networks of cooperation with others and communicating its work.
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Pine River Watershed Project Approved. The Central Region Partnership recently approved $15,000 funding to continue its support of the Pine River Watershed Alliance phosphorus reduction project. This second phase will involve a land use study to develop a plan for eliminating or mitigating the impacyt of phosphorus sources. This phase builds upon the work completed during phase one, which focused on water quality monitoring at several locations in Bungo Creek. Data had indicated that Bungo Creek is a major phosphorus contributor to the Pine River, and subsequently to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes in Crow Wing County. The Whitefish Chain has shown eutrophication due to phosphorus entering the surface waters. The first phase involved extensive data collection and analysis to identify the amount and location of phosphorus import to Bungo Creek. This second phase will continue water quality monitoring but also involve a land use study to further refine locations of phosphorus loading. This will then enable the Alliance to prepare a plan targeted to phosphorus reduction or elimination. John Moncrief, University Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, has worked closely with citizen leaders and other participating organizations. Other cooperators include the MPCA, Cass County, NRCS, Crow Wing County Forage Council, DNR, Central Lakes College. Ron Myer, chair of the Pine River Watershed Alliance, is the citizen lead.
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Recent West Central/Southwest Minnesota happenings!
Buy Fresh Buy Local....join the Pride of the Prairie movement in the Upper Minnesota River Valley. Click here for more information!
Southeast Region - The Experiment in Rural Cooperation
The Home Grown Economy: Connecting Local Foods and Economic Develoment
The second conference in the Home Grown Economy series sponsored by Congressman Collin Peterson was held March 30 and 31, 2008 at University of Minnesota Crookston campus. Co-sponsored with Northwest and West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, University of Minnesota Crookston, Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (MISA), and University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Minnesota Author Tells the Farm Story From the Farm to the Table: What Every American Needs to Know about Agriculture, a new book by Gary Holthaus, has reached bookstores nationally," announces Erin Tegtmeier, Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership ? The Experiment in Rural Cooperation (ERC). The book is a collaborative project of ERC and The Rural America Writers Center in Plainview.Minnesota
A resident of Red Wing, Minnesota since 1995, Holthaus recently accepted the position of Administrative Director of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society in LaMoure, North Dakota, and has been named one of the holders of the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems, managed through the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Read more
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