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Saint Paul, MN
The Nature Conservancy has developed a plan to protect and restore water quality in the Root River, which drains more than 1 million acres in five counties before emptying into the Mississippi. Our approach in this region — where tourism and agriculture thrive — emphasizes science and innovation.
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Located in the southeast corner of Minnesota, the 81-mile Root River and its tributaries play an important role in local agriculture, yielding abundant corn, soybeans, beef, pork and other products. The diversity of stream habitats also makes the watershed exceptionally rich in aquatic life!
But water quality is poor in portions of the Root River. Changes in urban and rural land use have caused stream banks to erode and introduced excessive amounts of sediment into the water. Working with growers and many local partners, The Nature Conservancy has developed a conservation plan to restore and protect water quality in the Root River while ensuring that agriculture remains economically viable. Conservation measures that are being implemented include:
• Land protection
• Cropland conservation practices
• Stream, wetland and floodplain restoration