Stories

See how landowners and farm operators are shifting
to reach production and water quality goals across the basin

Landowner-Led Effort Jumpstarts Conservation Practice Adoption 

Landowner-Led Effort Jumpstarts Conservation Practice Adoption 

Gary Mullen has fond memories of camping by the banks of Huzzah Creek on the family ... Read more
Oxbow Alchemy Better than Lead into Gold

Oxbow Alchemy Better than Lead into Gold

Alchemists once sought to turn lead into gold, but restored river oxbows do even better, improving ... Read more
Coming Together for the Sake of a Creek

Coming Together for the Sake of a Creek

Rice Creek is important for many reasons. Not the least of these is its status as ... Read more
No-Tillers Take the Lead for Water Quality

No-Tillers Take the Lead for Water Quality

Wisconsin no-tillers John Eron and Matt Hintz didn’t wait for regulations telling them how to farm. ... Read more
Reviving the Endangered Topeka Shiner Minnow

Reviving the Endangered Topeka Shiner Minnow

The Topeka shiner is a little fish but it has a big story to tell. That ... Read more
Growing Grassroots Change: Farmer-led conservation is getting a little help from its friends

Growing Grassroots Change: Farmer-led conservation is getting a little help from its friends

Renovating a drainage ditch got Minnesota farmer Pat Duncanson thinking beyond his field edges, eventually leading ... Read more
Farmers talking with neighbors is prime driver of success across watersheds

Farmers talking with neighbors is prime driver of success across watersheds

Think Different: Data on saving soil and protecting water quality is clear. Conservation practices work. However, they ... Read more
Proving Collaboration Is Possible

Proving Collaboration Is Possible

Pike County landowners John and Sandy Scherder and Chris Williamson, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologist, ... Read more
A Model for Farmer-driven Watershed Improvement Now Asks, “What Next?”

A Model for Farmer-driven Watershed Improvement Now Asks, “What Next?”

Jeff Pape and his family chatted over dinner in a Dyersville, Iowa café when a stranger ... Read more
Addressing Water Quality Connects Neighbors In Blackhawk Creek Watershed

Addressing Water Quality Connects Neighbors In Blackhawk Creek Watershed

As Clark Porter finished lunch with a farming neighbor at a Crop Production Services facility opening ... Read more