Midwest Agricultural Water Quality Partnership Project

In 2016, the Midwest Agriculture Water Quality Partnership (MAWQP) assembled 48 partners with the following goals: to reduce nutrient loss and improve water quality, improve soil health and improve habitat for at-risk species. Specifically, the MAWQP project supported 260 growers with implementation of conservation practices to address water quality concerns in priority watersheds on 4M acres from 2016-2020.

Goals for the next phase of the project include maintaining the momentum and collaborative relationships established in the first phase and shifting the emphasis toward edge of field practices that provide long term nutrient reductions and habitat benefits, while continuing to leverage the private sector to deliver conservation and strengthening urban-rural partnerships.

 

Complete
Incubation

Engagement Targets

Notes: (1) I Minor fluctuations in the number of retained growers is expected from year to year. These fluctuations may be due to year-over-year crop rotation effects or other factors beyond the control of the project. Enrolled acres represent the total number of acres on an individual farm in a specific year. The ability to report enrolled acres is based on the Fieldprint Project Standard requirement that individual growers enrolled in projects enter at least 10% of the acres managed for a specific crop. (2) Entered acres represent the actual number of enrolled acres for which data is entered in the Fieldprint Platform for analysis.

Objectives

The project seeks to incentivize conservation practice adoption on an additional 175K acres of cover crops and 150K acres of residue management by Dec. 31, 2025.
First Party Verified

The Midwest Agriculture Water Quality Partnership project supported 260 growers with implementation of conservation practices to address water quality concerns in priority watersheds on 4M acres from 2016-2020.

During 2020, the project renewal was approved, but no FA or TA can be funded until the PPA (Partnership Program Agreement) and supplemental agreements with NRCS are signed. NRCS workload has resulted in extended delays in completing the agreements that we expect to be resolved soon.

Nitrogen and phosphorous reductions ( 1.7M lb of N load reduction and 64K lb of P load reduction) based on conservation practices installed by Dec. 31, 2025.
Increase the number of edge-of-field practices implemented to reduce sediment and nutrient loading into surface and ground water, including 70 bioreactors or saturated buffers, 40 oxbow restorations, and 12 constructed wetlands by Dec. 31, 2025
First Party Verified

The renewal was approved in 2020, but no FA or TA can be funded until the PPA (Partnership Program Agreement) and supplemental agreements with NRCS are signed. NRCS workload has resulted in extended delays in completing the agreements that we expect to be resolved soon.

Participants

Project Details

Status
Complete
Pathway
Incubation
Natural Resource Concern
Counties the project is located in:

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