Livestock farmer project example
Bacterial contamination from manure runoff caused by livestock grazing near streams or ponds.
Solution and result
Use grant funds to help reduce the impact of pollution from livestock. This helps ensure that waterways are clean and safe for human usage.
The result is reduced algae blooms in the nearby pond and easier manure and water management for the property owners.
Marv and Jan Meyer, who live in rural Rogers, noticed that their barn and horse paddock would flood in wet seasons. As the water would run off to a nearby pond, it would often take manure from the paddock with it.
After reaching out to Hennepin County, staff from the Energy and Environment Team met with the Meyers to understand their needs. The team then created a personalized solution that would result in cleaner water while aiding in the management of their horses.
Using cost-share funds, the Meyers were able to install a new drainage system, including a trench drain, that would divert water around the barn leaving manure in place in the paddock. This resulted in a much drier barn and paddock, particularly during heavy rain events.
Project funds were also used to help build a large manure bunker. The bunker allows for manure to be collected and composed before being applied as a fertilizer.
Crop farmer project example
Crop fields on areas with sloping or highly erodible soils can often lead to soil and nutrients ending up in waterways.
Solution and result
Use of grant funds to help structural issues to alleviate or stop the runoff. This will help reduce erosion and phosphorous runoff, keep soil in the fields.
The result is less runoff and better water quality.
A farmer in rural Corcoran was having issues with runoff from a steep, sloped field. The slope contributed to runoff, which reached a nearby lake, leading to water quality issues.
After working with Hennepin County, the landowner was able to use a $35,000 to install a waterway, control basin, and subsurface drainage. The waterway directs excess water off the fields and into the nearby lake, while the control basins allow soil to settle before running off.