After two years of working together the watershed partners have achieved the following:
Events and Outreach: 2,995 acres of agricultural conservation practices installed, which include cover crops, grassed waterways, and filter strips. Outreach was a high priority in 2017 and 2018. Increased outreach and more coordination among Ozaukee and Washington Counties’ Land and Water Conservation staff, NRCS, and UW-Extension have supported more conservation installation, especially among operators participating in producer-led watershed protection efforts. Conservation practice installation is expected to increase as soil health information is shared among producers in their communities. Outcomes of the practices will be aggregated in 2019 through SnapPlus modeling.
Making Allies for Healthier Communities
The Making Allies for Healthier Communities collaborative aims to protect prime and unique farm land and place an ACEP-ALE on hydric agricultural land for shared use through the District’s Working Soils® Program. This collaborative effort was established to address 1) affordable farmland ownership, 2) proximity to urban markets, and 3) land-rent microeconomics and succession planning concerns among the Hmong farming community that serves Milwaukee’s north-side urban farmers markets. Fondy Food Center, a Milwaukee farmers’ market group, and their cooperating farmers received grant assistance through the Mott Foundation and are working with the Land Trust Alliance and The Conservation Fund.