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Mapping Manure in West Central Minnesota Watersheds

Animal feeding operations (AFOs) are now the predominant method of raising livestock in Minnesota and are associated with numerous water quality impairments across the state, including reaches of the Pomme de Terre and Chippewa Rivers. In March 2012, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency began requiring that all large AFOs (more than 300 animal units) begin submitting annual manure records. Using manure records for a nine-county area in west-central Minnesota, Ed Brands (Environmental Studies, Division of Social Sciences) will create a database and maps of AFO manure generation, transfer, and application to land in two west-central Minnesota watersheds. The main products of this project will include county-, watershed-, and subwatershed-level maps that will facilitate implementation of fecal coliform total maximum daily load (TMDL) plans by local watershed groups and projects, and that can be used to inform revisions of state or county AFO policies.

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737