Watersheds are inherently complex things to manage and conserve. They seldom regard political or social boundaries, and people that inhabit them have radically different lives, ideas, and ways of using land. To overcome these differences, we bring diverse groups together to more effectively protect the land and water we all depend on.
Cannon River Agricultural Collaborative
Spearheaded by Clean River Partners, the Cannon River Agricultural Collaborative (CRAC) seeks to build a network of government agencies, non-profits, businesses, and other groups to work together to improve soil and water health throughout the Cannon River Watershed. These improvements will primarily come through community engagement and the implementation of various conservation practices on agricultural land. Follow bellow to find more information about the formation of CRAC and our Vision, Mission, and Goals Statement, as well as the CRAC website.
One of our primary rolls within the CRAC partnership is to spread knowledge of sustainable farming practices throughout the community. To accomplish this, we host a number of outreach events and workshops including open houses and on-farm, educational Field Days. These events showcase a wide range of agricultural conservation practices and allow farmers, industry representatives, government agencies, and member of the public to network and answer questions. You can find more about upcoming events by signing up for our monthly newsletter here, or by looking at our events page and calendar. Feel free to look through brochures of past events to find out more about the scope of topics covered.
One Watershed One Plan
One Watershed One Plan (1W1P) is a collaborative plan between the soil & water conservation districts of counties within the Cannon River watershed and several other organizations. The goal of 1W1P is to identify priority sub-watersheds, establish measurable conservation goals, and set a 10-year schedule for implementing conservation activities. To read the full Management Plan, click bellow.
As part of 1W1P, Clean River Partners is focusing on several sub-watersheds within the Cannon River Watershed. In addition, to Prairie, Rush, and Medford Creek, we are now extending our focus to the Heath and Wolf Creek watershed as well. Within these priority areas, we are focusing our efforts on getting farmers to participate in conservation practices including reduced tillage, cover crop, and planting perennial crop alternatives. We plan to accomplish this by emphasizing our education and outreach within each sub-watershed. Find out more about the priority sub-watersheds bellow. If you or someone you know owns land within theses areas, please contact us to learn more about conservation practices, programs, and incentives that are available!