COTTONWOOD RIVER WATERSHED
Take a virtual tour of the Little Cottonwood River Watershed
Little Cottonwood River Watershed
August 2001 (pdf 434 k)
September 2003 (pdf 445 k)
Conservation Highlights - Landowner Interviews
January 2003 (pdf 524 k)
Little Cottonwood River Restoration Project Report (website with pdfs)
Brown County and Little Cottonwood Tour 2004 (pdf 299 k)
Leaving a Legacy through Conservation- Little Cottonwood Watershed
Several landowners in the Little Cottonwood River Watershed have taken advantage of two very popular programs, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and the Continuous CRP program, and each have their own reasons for participating. Between CRP and CREP almost 4,000 acres have been enrolled by an estimated 150 landowners within the 170 square-mile watershed. The links below highlight just a few of the landowners and their reasons for participating in the voluntary programs.
Gerald and Lorrel Riederer
Marvin and Esther Windschitl
Little Cottonwood River Watershed Project
The Little Cottonwood River Watershed is a long narrow area spanning Brown, Nicollet, and Cottonwood Counties and covering 108,757 acres (170 square miles). The watershed is part of the Middle Minnesota Major Watershed of the Minnesota River Basin.
1989 and 1994, Brown Nicollet Cottonwood Environmental Health monitored
the upper reaches of the watershed as part of a groundwater study in the
three counties. Results indicated that groundwater and surface water were
connected and that poor quality surface water was probably contributing
to the poor quality of groundwater in this area.
Between CRP and CREP, more than 4,000 acres have been enrolled by an estimated 150 landowners within the 170 square-mile watershed. These land enrollments conserve about 16,000 tons of soil and prevent an estimated 4,500 pounds of phosphorus and 80,000 pounds of nitrates from entering the river each year. Enrolling these marginal areas into permanent and semi-permanent grass cover not only reduced sediment and nutrient loadings to the river, but also reduced the negative impacts of flooding.