Magees Creek Waterbody Improvement

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Resource Concern: The Magees Creek watershed (Figure 1) covers approximately 143,000 acres in Walthall, Marion and Lawrence counties in southern Mississippi. Magees Creek flows in a southwesterly direction from its headwaters north of Darbun, Mississippi, to the mouth at the Bogue Chitto River. The current land uses in the watershed include pasture (57 percent), forest […]

Lake Hazle Water Quality Improvement

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Resource Concern: Lake Hazle is in Copiah County, south of Jackson, Mississippi. The 22-acre lake, owned and maintained by the city of Hazlehurst, is primarily designed and used for public recreation. In the 1980s, commercial and residential development around Lake Hazle led to significant impacts on its water quality. While restoration efforts began in the […]

Caney Creek Waterbody Improvement

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Resource Concern: Caney Creek is in the Coke Creek–Caney Creek Watershed (HUC 060300051104) in northern Mississippi’s Tishomingo County. The watershed spans approximately 22,202 acres, and is comprised primarily of agricultural land, timberland and pastureland (Figure 1). Pollution sources in Caney Creek included sedimentation from silviculture and agricultural practices, organic enrichment from agricultural processes, and habitat […]

Buttahatchee River Water Quality Restoration

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Resource Concern: The Buttahatchee River is a major waterbody in the Tombigbee River Basin. From its headwaters in Winston and Marion counties in Alabama, the river flows southwesterly approximately 59 miles to the Mississippi state line. It then continues another 35 miles to its confluence with the Tombigbee River at the boundary of Lowndes and […]

Wetlands – Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Project

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Collaboration among agencies, local government units, and landowners is often necessary to successfully restore drained and altered wetlands across Minnesota’s varied landscape. This was the case for a recently completed Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve project located just north of Morristown, MN in Rice County.  BWSR, the Rice Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the […]

Invasive Species

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Lake Vermilion is also part of the statewide Large Lake Program, an intensive fisheries management program on the 10 largest lakes in Minnesota.  The Large Lake Program includes annual population assessments, annual water quality monitoring, and regularly scheduled creel surveys.  There are a number of invasive species known to be present in Lake Vermilion.  Spiny […]

Groundwater Protection

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Irrigation is a common management practice for farming in the sandy soils of Otter Tail, Wadena, Hubbard, and Todd counties. Those sandy soils are closely tied to ground water quality and quantity concerns. The local priority concerns of elevated nitrate levels, expanding agricultural irrigation, susceptible soils and groundwater aquifers, and local wellhead protection resulted in the local water […]

Minnesota Farm Bill Assistance Partnership

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Helping landowners understand and make the best choice of available options for establishing conservation practices and wildlife habitat on private land is the primary objective of Minnesota’s Farm Bill Assistance Partnership. Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) sponsored Farm Bill Assistance staff serve on the front lines of landowner outreach, knocking on doors, picking up the phone, and […]

Honey Creek restoration

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Honey Creek flows from Benton County, Arkansas, and McDonald County, Missouri, into Delaware County, Oklahoma (Figure 1). The stream is split into upper (4.64 miles) and lower (4.85 miles) segments. Land use in the 79,000-acre watershed is primarily pasture and grasslands (57 percent) for cattle and hay production. About a third of the watershed is […]