Congressman Moolenaar requested the opportunity to see conservation practices on the ground first hand so that he can better represent the people of Michigan as well as the unique pay-for-performance techniques used in the BRW.
The field day was organized by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), other participants included representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), MI Agribusiness Association, local crop advisors, the Mott Foundation and Kellogg Foundation.
Watershed Technician Mike Gurnee showed attendees the online tool used to calculate payments and provided examples to the group while in the field. As part of the Sedimentation Reduction Program, the Conservation District is paying landusers to apply conservation in high priority areas.
The Upper Bad River Watershed Sedimentation Reduction Program is funded by a grant from the Great Lakes Commission using money provided through the Great Lakes Watershed Initiative Network.