Watershed Evaluation Efforts Get $1.8 Million from Government

Good afternoon. Terrra Firma here reporting the latest dirt on watershed evaluation.
A press release put out by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada states:
"MIAMI, MANITOBA-Farmers are always looking for ways to improve their farming practices, to increase their productivity and to maintain the sustainability of the environment. The South Tobacco Creek Watershed will receive an investment of $1.8 million to continue its research efforts under phase two of the Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices (WEBs) project, announced Member of Parliament Candice Hoeppner (Portage-Lisgar).
"The work done here at the South Tobacco Creek Watershed is well known for its innovation," said MP Hoeppner, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "Scientists, farmers, and the local watershed conservation group continue to work together to provide information to farmers about how they can improve their productivity in this unique landscape."
The investment for this project is part of the $14 millionGrowing Forward WEBs program. The WEBs project, the first of its kind in Canada, was established in 2004 at seven small agricultural watersheds in order to better understand and assess the environmental and economic benefits of beneficial management practices (BMPs).
Previous to this study, the costs and environmental benefits of BMPs had seldom been measured. Results from these projects will provide a foundation for understanding the broader applicability of these BMPs within a specific region. Farmers will then be able to use this knowledge to maintain high agricultural productivity, while minimizing the impacts of farming on the environment. Results will also be used in planning future agricultural policies and programming.
Five BMPs were evaluated at the South Tobacco Creek Watershed during the first phase of WEBs and these included: conservation (zero) tillage versus conventional tillage; small in-stream reservoirs; holding ponds to capture runoff from cattle containment areas; annual crop conversion to forage; and comparison of riverbank zone management practices. In phase two of WEBs, these BMPs will continue to be evaluated and a winter bale grazing BMP will be added to study the effect of implementing multiple BMPs.
Over 70 other federal, provincial, academic and non-governmental organizations are also partners in this project which will run until 2013."
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