Since 2009, The Nature Conservancy has worked with farmers in Wisconsin to target conservation efforts on fields and pastures with the greatest storm water runoff. They tested this approach in the Pecatonica River watershed, a Mississippi River tributary and Great Rivers Partnership's proof-of-concept area in southwest Wisconsin. Just one year after plowing was stopped, farmers working with the project cut their estimated average phosphorus runoff and erosion in half—keeping about 4,400 pounds of phosphorus and 1,300 tons of sediment out of the water each year. This means increased sustainability for the river's ecosystem, as well as the surrounding businesses and economy.
|Page Copy||Caterpillar Foundation investments help The Nature Conservancy and the Great Rivers Partnership keep 1,300 tons of sediment out of Wisconsin's Pecatonica River each year|