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Conservation efforts hightlighted on recent tour

As they stepped off the bus in Jordan, local elected officials had a chance to view a new sediment basin that is part of the City of Jordan’s solution to prevent flooding and keep sediment from moving downstream. This bus stop was part of the Scott Watershed Management Organization (WMO) and Scott Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) annual Fall Conservation Tour which gets conservation partners outside to see first-hand the conservation projects that are being installed across Scott County. The City of Jordan was able to install the sediment basin with assistance from the WMO and the SWCD.

Other highlights of the tour included filter strips, native prairie plantings, grassed waterways, and a streambank stabilization project. The tour also made a stop at a farm near New Prague to view water and sediment control basins which were installed help stop erosion and improve water quality.

The tour concluded with dinner and recognition of Krueger Dairy as the Scott SWCD’s Conservation Leaders for 2017. Scott Schneider of the Scott SWCD explained how Krueger Dairy has been a leader in conservation by planting cover crops, using no-till, installing filter strips and alum-treated bio-logs, and being involved in Prior Lake Spring Lake Watershed Districts’s Farmer Led Council and Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

Tour attendees included County Commissioners, the Scott County Watershed Planning Commission, Scott SWCD Supervisors, Prior Lake Spring Lake Watershed District Managers, and MN State Senator Eric Pratt.

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