2019 Tour of Practices

The Benton SWCD and NRCS office recently held a conservation tour to highlight some of the work that has been done in the county in the past year.

Thirty-five people attended the tour, including County Commissioners, State Representatives, Benton County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments, Little Rock Lake Association, DNR, and SWCD Supervisors. During the day we met with landowners to see conservation projects and shared thoughts on what issues were taking place and how the projects helped correct the problem.  We also stopped at various sites to look at the projects that have been completed or are in the process of being completed. Other highlights included:

* Tour at Eagle Creek Renewable Energy dam

* Schmitz/Mckeever – River erosion projects that was able to be completed with the drawdown happening.

* Benton Beach – Drawdown Plantings

* Mark Czech – Feedlot project

 In addition, during the tour the District and NRCS staff discussed Federal and State Programs, Water and Sediment Basin, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Feedlots, Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP), Soil Health, and Cover Crops.