Working with Farmers for Cleaner Water

Working with Farmers for Cleaner Water

The Nature Conservation worked with Wisconsin farmers and other partners to put conservation practices in place on farm fields to improve the water quality of streams in the Pecatonica River watershed. Four years after full implementation of the conservation practices by farmers, here are the results: 1) USGS monitoring shows a 55% reduction in phosphorus runoff to streams during storm events due to targeted conservation practices on agricultural fields and pastures; 2) The Pleasant Valley Branch, which is the “test” watershed for this project, was removed from the EPA’s Impaired Waters list this fall; 3) It’s making a difference for trout and other fish in the stream. Where before there were primarily white suckers and chubs in the stream, now there are sensitive cold water species like mottled sculpin, brook lamprey and both brown and brook trout.


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