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  • Pecatonica River
    region features steep valleys sandstone bluffs more than 600 spring fed creeks and flat ridges that were once covered in prairie and scattered oaks Many of the streams in the region are recognized on state and national levels for their economic and environmental importance There are still significant opportunities to manage prairie and oak savanna remnants in the basin providing habitat for many rare and declining plants and animals Strategy Advance the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative WBI a statewide coalition of researchers farmers and conservation practitioners to find more effective ways to improve water quality in agricultural streams Through WBI The Nature Conservancy is strategically targeting conservation efforts to landowners who farm 15 of the crop fields and pastures and who are contributing 50 of the phosphorus in the Pecatonica River Quantifiable changes in conservation practices within this test sub basin are compared to data in a control watershed Identify and promote conservation practices that are compatible with farmers current cropping and livestock systems and where possible increase or don t significantly reduce profitability Inform U S Department of Agriculture programs and the U S Farm Bill so that targeted conservation is incorporated into programs like the Natural Resources Conservation Service Mississippi River Healthy Basin Initiative MRBI Create an innovative set of tools and share them across Wisconsin and throughout the Mississippi River Basin to help streamline expansion of targeted conservation efforts in other watersheds Back to proof of concept project list Working with agriculture in the Pecatonica River watershed Mark Godfrey TNC A Strategic Approach to Protecting Water Quality 492KB pdf Download this fact sheet to learn how an experiment in Wisconsin s Pecatonica River Basin is addressing water quality in streams and read the latest about the exciting results Working with agriculture in the Pecatonica River watershed Mark Godfrey

    Original URL path: http://www.greatriverspartnership.org/en-us/NorthAmerica/Mississippi/Pages/Pecatonica-River.aspx (2016-02-15)
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  • Boone River
    amount of nitrates to the Mississippi River Conservation Significance 67 fish and mussel species have been documented in the stream system including the federally endangered Topeka shiner Strategy Develop and test practices collaboratively with the agricultural community that address water quality concerns primarily nitrates contributing to the sustainability of a healthy aquatic ecosystem while maintaining agricultural production Identify and promote conservation practices to targeted landowners and producers in the watershed where the greatest amount of nitrogen is entering the stream Practices are implemented and monitored to measure the effects on water and soil quality habitat and agricultural production goals or the farmer s bottom line Develop and expand relationships with agricultural landowners especially women who own more than half of Iowa s farmland and lease it to producers Gain a better understanding of and develop relationships with the agriculture advisors community Monitor and collect data and synthesize lessons learned from the Boone to provide guidance to inform U S Farm Bill conservation programs and policy and further refine the Natural Resources Conservation Service Mississippi River Healthy Basin Initiative MRBI Back to proof of concept project list Strip tillage field Iowa Dave DeGeus TNC Waterhsed Review Spring 2012 2MB pdf Download

    Original URL path: http://www.greatriverspartnership.org/en-us/NorthAmerica/Mississippi/Pages/Boone-River.aspx (2016-02-15)
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  • Mackinaw River
    of the Bloomington Normal metropolitan area These headwater project areas are primarily agricultural with 80 93 of the land used for corn and soybean production The Mackinaw River continues west through Woodford and Tazewell counties before flowing into the Illinois River just south of Pekin Ill Conservation Significance The Mackinaw River maintains some of the highest quality streams in the state and provides habitat for 60 70 native fish species and 25 30 mussels Strategy Improve hydrology and water quality for mussels fishes and people who depend on the river for water supply and recreation Reduce nutrient export from the Mackinaw River to downstream river systems Develop a model for hydrologic and water quality improvements that is economically viable compatible with agricultural production and scalable across the Upper Mississippi River Basin Continue to implement and measure the effectiveness of constructed wetlands to reduce nutrient pollution at the farm level through demonstrations at the Franklin Research and Demonstration Farm Demonstrate this integrated farm scape to agriculture producers educators researchers state agencies as well as media local state and federal elected officials Inform the city of Bloomington Ill and influence drinking water quality for over 80 000 residents by integrating research multiple conservation programs government agencies university researchers and NGOs to deploy constructed wetlands and increase adaptive nutrient management across reasonably large watersheds to reduce nutrient pollution Create a transferable model with wide applicability to tile drainage agricultural watersheds that demonstrates and documents all aspects of applying constructed wetlands at the watershed scale including identification of appropriate sites strategic outreach methods to engage landowners incentive programs wetland engineering design and installation and monitoring of water quality hydrology and biodiversity improvements Back to proof of concept project list Agriculture Practices to Help Restore More Natural Hydrology 235KB pdf Download this fact sheet on

    Original URL path: http://www.greatriverspartnership.org/en-us/NorthAmerica/Mississippi/Pages/Mackinaw-River.aspx (2016-02-15)
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  • Root River
    Wildlife Refuge across from the City of La Crosse Wisconsin Conservation Significance Much of the Root River watershed is located within the Driftless Area a portion of Southeast Minnesota Northeast Iowa Southwest Wisconsin and Northwest Illinois lacking the glacially deposited sediment that covers the surrounding area Conservation targets include coldwater streams warm water streams floodplain systems mesic forest fire dependent communities and karst features Strategy Protect and restore the conservation targets in the watershed while developing and evaluating new strategies and building partnerships that can be leveraged and applied at watershed scales Continue a multi scale monitoring program to understand agronomic and management practices and their impact on the natural communities within the watershed that are highly impacted by nutrients and sediments Utilize scientific information to identify locations that deliver excess sediment and overland flow to the Root River and target these locations for outreach and agriculture best practice implementation Work through the partnership in the Lower Root River to advance restoration of the floodplain as it enters the Mississippi River The Nature Conservancy has secured and leveraged state and federal easement and acquisition funds to protect and restore the floodplain Continue to implement and evaluate innovative conservation practices that

    Original URL path: http://www.greatriverspartnership.org/en-us/NorthAmerica/Mississippi/Pages/Root-River.aspx (2016-02-15)
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  • Wabash River
    and stop over area for many birds In fact the Wabash River contains five of the 40 richest river segments in the U S in terms of biodiversity and its waters provide habitat for nearly 400 species and or natural communities Strategy Continue to develop collaboration through the Wabash River Consortium a group consisting of universities conducting research on the river which shares results in order to increase collaboration Restore protect over 50 percent of the floodplain of the Wabash within the next 10 years To that end The Nature Conservancy has helped create a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service s Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program WREP U S Fish and Wildlife Service U S Department of Agriculture the State of Indiana and private industry to focus nearly 50 million on restoring a 90 mile long wetland and forest corridor along the Wabash River Continue to develop and implement innovative conservation practice s focusing on two stage ditch technology This unique design for agricultural ditches has been shown by the University of Notre Dame to reduce sediment and nutrients and has been readily adopted by many of the county surveyors in the state Reforest 20 000 acres in the floodplain by 2016 to offset the current threat of riparian loss identified by the best available science To achieve this goal the Conservancy has successfully secured 18 million in federal funds to date through MRBI and Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program WREP These funds will restore 5 700 acres toward the goal In addition the Governor s Healthy River Initiative funds will bring another 30 million to the table with a goal of protecting an additional 40 000 acres Back to proof of concept project list Two stage Ditch Design TNC Two stage Ditch Design TNC Two stage Ditch Design TNC

    Original URL path: http://www.greatriverspartnership.org/en-us/NorthAmerica/Mississippi/Pages/Wabash-River.aspx (2016-02-15)
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  • Green River
    the most diverse assemblages of fish and freshwater mussels in the United States More than 150 fish species and 70 mussel species have been found in the river Strategy Work with the U S Army Corps of Engineers on re operating the Green River Lake Dam and eventually three additional dams in the basin to restore more natural flows and improved water quality to the Green River aimed at improving life requisite conditions for numerous mussel and fish species Implement the U S Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program CREP to enhance and protect water quality of both surface waters and the immense karst area feeding the Mammoth Cave system Permanently protect riparian habitats in the most crtical reaches of the river basin Advance U S congressional authorization of and appropriations for a National Sustainable Rivers Program that will broaden authority for both dam re operations and related floodplain acquisitions easements Back to proof of concept project list Kentucky s Green River TNC Kentucky s Green River TNC Kentucky s Green River TNC Changing the Way Rivers Flow Watch this video to learn how a dam changed Kentucky s Green River in 1969 and how partners are now updating

    Original URL path: http://www.greatriverspartnership.org/en-us/NorthAmerica/Mississippi/Pages/GreenRiver.aspx (2016-02-15)
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  • Lower Cache River Restoration
    restoration project at Cache River will help improve hydrologic function of the river thereby improving conditions for bottomland hardwood forests and wetlands that benefit waterfowl and other wildlife dependent on these habitats By restoring flows to the river s historic meanders which provide more diverse habitat and cover the project will also directly benefit fish and other aquatic species Likewise by improving habitat for wildlife and restoring flows especially during low water conditions the project will help the local economy which is bolstered by outdoor recreation such as fishing hunting bird watching and boating Strategy The Nature Conservancy will work with partners including the Army Corps of Engineers City of Clarendon Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Arkansas Heritage Commission Audubon Arkansas and Ducks Unlimited to restore seven miles of the Cache River that was channelized in the 1970s The first phase of the project will restore 4 6 miles of the channelized portion by removing plugs that were constructed to cut off the river s historic meanders and then constructing rock structures that will redirect water into these meanders Using these methods means that a significant stretch of river can be restored with fairly limited construction work The second phase of the project will restore the remaining portion that was channelized This restoration will help improve the health and ecosystem function of nearly 100 000 acres of disconnected lands including the Cache River and White River national wildlife refuges the Rex Hancock Black Swamp Wildlife Management Area Benson Creek Natural Area and Bayou DeView Back to proof of concept project list Bayou DeView tributary of the Cache River Scott Simon TNC Bayou DeView tributary of the Cache River Scott Simon TNC Bayou DeView tributary of the Cache River Scott Simon TNC Bayou DeView tributary of the Cache River Scott Simon

    Original URL path: http://www.greatriverspartnership.org/en-us/NorthAmerica/Mississippi/Pages/Lower-Cache-River-Restoration.aspx (2016-02-15)
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  • Building from the Blueprint - News & Community
    plan and helped partners secure funding for restoration in the quake region Learn more about the GRP supported assessment of the Upper Yangtze Basin by downloading this free pdf from Freshwater Biology Likewise explore how the blueprint is being leveraged for other big plans in China Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 353 Manage Processing Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportExecution aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 354 Manage Cache Refresh Plans en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer CacheRefreshPlanList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 355 View Report History en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportHistory aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x40 FileType rdl 356 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 350 Edit Data Source Definition en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer SharedDataSource aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 351 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 350 Manage Clickthrough Reports en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelClickThrough aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 352 Manage Model Item Security en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelItemSecurity aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x2000000 FileType smdl 353 Regenerate Model en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer GenerateModel aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 354 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType smdl 351 Load in Report Builder en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderModelContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x2 FileType smdl 250 Edit in Report Builder layouts images ReportServer EditReport gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderReportContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 250 Edit in Report Builder en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderDatasetContext list ListId ID ItemId

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