The Hubbard and Wadena Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were the recipients of a $40,000 Enbridge Ecofootprint Grant to support water quality work in the Pineland Sands Aquifer. This project is set up to help landowners cover costs of establishing native cover, including native grasses, trees, shrubs, and pollinators on less productive agriculture or idle fields. Landowners participating would receive cost – share to pay for the establishment of cover by entering into a 15 year contract that would be approved by the respective SWCD boards. The overall goal of this project is to establish perennial cover on 250 to 300 acres in Hubbard and Wadena Counties.
These practices are well known to positively impact water quality, help with water infiltration, slow down runoff, and provide wildlife and pollinator habitats. Providing habitat and flowering plants provides food for pollinators who have suffered with habitat loss and degradation of habitat. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds play an essential role in plant reproduction and in the production of fruits and vegetables.
This program completed Summer 2018.