Programs & Initiatives Team
Create and partner in the creation of innovative programs and initiatives which are not being considered at other levels in current time.
Actions & Activities
Tim Gieseke - Programs and Initiatives Team Leader - Currently spearheading a Online Network Platform (ONP) for the Minnesota River Basin.
This is a "engage-design-build" approach to develop an Online Network Platform. Each step in the build process requires a certain level of engagement prior to progressing to the next step. In this way, stakeholders will gain access to and ownership in the process and potential funders can be assured a certain level of support exists prior to funding.
Increase Soil Organic Matter Adopted
Be it resolved that the Minnesota River Congress support the development of an initiative to increase soil organic matter in the top six to eight inches of soil by 1% over the next ten years in 50 percent of the annual cropped fields across the basin.
Be it further resolved that as a first step toward this initiative, $150,000 be awarded annually from the Clean Water Fund, for the next ten years, to the MN Extension for the purpose of acquiring a staff person, and their supporting needs, who can develop and deliver education, research and training to agronomists, farmers and others on methods focused on increasing soil organic matter to reduce water quality impacts from row crop agriculture and increase crop productivity.
Ecosystem Services Adopted
Be it resolved that the Minnesota River Congress support the development of an initiative, in collaboration with Conservation Marketplace Midwest (CMM), to measure, account for and aggregate ecosystem services within the MN River Basin.
Be it further resolved that the CMM and MN River Congress identify and develop programs with potential ecosystem service buyers within the MN River Basin.
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