"The District Mission for the NFCRWD is to improve and enhance water quality, to control water flow, to reduce erosion and sedimentation, to promote wise public, private and natural use of water while maintaining, enhancing and preserving public and private drainage for present and future residents of the Watershed District."

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Drainage Reports Available

Drainage reports are available for CD5 and CD29. They can be found under the drainage tab. Ditches will be inspected on a three year rotating basis, and reports will be posted on the website as completed. Attached is the Districts inspection schedule.

Zebra Mussels confirmed in Lake Koronis

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Lake Koronis, near Paynesville in Stearns County.

On July 8, a  fishing guide snagged an adult zebra mussel on a hook and reported it to the DNR. DNR invasive species specialists searched the area and found no other zebra mussels. During a follow-up search, the DNR found one juvenile zebra mussel near the Lake Koronis Regional Park public water access..

Conservation practices on irrigated cropland

$3.5 million grant for central Minnesota

The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture and more than 30 partners received a $3.5 million NRCS grant to implement conservation measures on irrigated land.

Application of nitrogen fertilizer on cropland in the fall or on frozen soils will be restricted in vulnerable groundwater areas. - Minnesota Department of Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued updated maps that will help farmers across the state comply with the Groundwater Protection Rule. The Groundwater Protection Rule aims to reduce the risk of nitrate from fertilizer impacting groundwater in areas of the state where soils are prone to leaching and where drinking water supplies are threatened. The rule restricts fall application of nitrogen fertilizer in areas vulnerable to contamination and it outlines steps to reduce the severity of contamination in areas where nitrate is already elevated in public water supply wells.

Restriction of fall fertilizer applications, in vulnerable groundwater areas, begins on September 1 each year. Farmers can visit the MDA website to view the vulnerable groundwater areas map and determine whether the restriction applies to their land.