PLSLWD is working to improve the water quality of lakes in the watershed district, including Spring Lake and Upper Prior Lake which are on Minnesota’s list of impaired waters as a result of excess nutrients, phosphorus in particular. The District is working to reduce nutrient loading from all sources, including both urban and rural areas, to levels that meet or exceed state water quality standards.
To help us achieve this goal, PLSLWD has engaged with local farmers to build a Farmer-led Council, or FLC. Agricultural lands make up the majority of the landscape in the Spring Lake & Upper Prior Lake watersheds. As such, farmers are the most important stewards of the land and their active input and participation is critical to achieving water quality goals.
The role of the FLC is to develop and guide the implementation of strategies that PLSLWD will use to accomplish agriculture’s share of the nutrient reduction goal. Specifically, the FLC will:
- Inform decision makers and the general public about practical issues and opportunities related to soil and water conservation on agricultural lands
- Identify base-level and site-tailored practices that are available and needed
- Define the approach for engaging with and assisting farmers to implement practices
- Establish a schedule with reasonable milestones and timelines for progress
- Identify potential barriers to implementation, along with tools and resources are needed to overcome them
If you are interested in joining the Farmer Led Council or would like more information, please contact Paul Kreuger, a current FLC member, at 952-226-4416.