The Nature Conservancy is working with a coalition of farmers, University of Wisconsin scientists and county, state and federal agencies in the Pecatonica River watershed to blend sustainable agriculture with improved water quality in streams.
The partners are showing that you can improve water quality by using science to target conservation efforts on those fields and pastures with the greatest potential for contributing nutrients like phosphorus to streams. The project could help change the way we clean up Wisconsin’s waters.
22 farmers have made changes to farm practices that are helping improve water quality in the Pecatonica River watershed.
Lynn Betts’ article in the Wisconsin Agriculturist shows that changes farmers are making in the Pecatonica River watershed are resulting in cleaner water in streams.
Farmers, academics, agencies and The Nature Conservancy are working together for clean water.
Want to get started on a watershed project? The Pecatonica partners provide some resources.
John Carey’s article in Conservation magazine highlights the Pecatonica River watershed project’s targeted approach to improving water quality.