Water conservation

Mozingo Creek Watershed Landowners Attend Soil Conservation Meeting

At a meeting on November 16, about half of the landowners who own land within the 8,000-acre Mozingo Creek watershed heard about the cost-sharing programs available for the development of conservation practices on the lawn. from the Mozingo Lake Conference Center.

The information meeting was planned by the Nodaway County Soil and Water Conservation District, with additional sponsorship from the Town of Maryville and Green Cover Seed. Several local, regional, state and federal natural resource leaders told the crowd about a variety of programs available to landowners that will improve conservation practices. Some of the cost-shared programs include: The Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) has allocated $ 1,000,000 and the Nodaway County Soil and Water Conservation District will provide $ 200,000 to landowners for their efforts through the park, land and water sales tax.

Luke Skinner, NCRS Soil Health Specialist, presented soil health demonstrations, and with a rain simulator, he spoke about sediment and nutrient leaching. He explained the differences in soil conservation by maintaining the practices over a number of years. While these practices are recommended for all farms, the 27 farmers who own land in the Mozingo Creek watershed were the primary focus of this meeting. The health of Lake Mozingo as a viable water source for most of Nodaway County, including Maryville’s 11,000 residents, for a 100-year future is at stake.

Maryville City Manager Greg McDanel told the public the city has spent more than $ 2.5 million to date to tackle water taste and odor issues. Maryville owns 3,000 acres around the 1,000 acre lake.

Tory Mason, a fisheries management biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation, spoke about the health of the lake’s water, which reflects the health of fish and other wildlife in and around the lake.

Nodaway County Soil and Water Conservation District Director Colton Coffelt said his office has met with 11 farmers one-on-one. They have planned programs worth about $ 70,000 spread over about 1,100 acres over the past two years. Some of the new practices mentioned were planting cover crops, creating terraces, constructing ponds and catchment areas, and fencing around water structures to keep livestock.

Missouri state ecologist Scott Edwards noted that the goal is to reduce the amount of sediment flowing into the lake by 50 percent, which would contribute to nutrient loss in the watershed as well. than the future longevity of the water source. This goal should help Lake Mozingo to become a healthy watershed within four years and allow the lake to be removed from the “hardship list”. These parameters will be measured by the US Geological Survey Water Monitoring and the MRBI program for the precise moment. The mantra he spoke was, “Avoid, reduce, or trap all nutrients” from spilling into the lake.