Webinar: Linking BMP and Water Quality Success in Indian Creek Watershed

The Indian Creek Watershed Project is an innovative approach to voluntary adoption of on-farm conservation systems. Chad Watts, executive director with the Conservation Technology Information Center; Sarah Church, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University; and Ursula Mahl, senior research technician with the University of Notre Dame, provided an overview of the project, what made the project a success and water-quality results.

Key Takeaways:

  • Success takes teamwork
    • Identify a passionate, committed local champion
    • Capitalize on partnerships
    • Engage agricultural retailers
    • Establish common goals and a community approach
    • Ensure sufficient funding for outreach and cost-sharing
    • Network with community members
  • Education and outreach
    • On-farm demonstrations
    • 4R Nutrient Stewardship
  • Successful results
    • BMP area increased from less than 10% of the watershed area to more than 50% between 2010 and 2015
    • Water-quality monitoring showed the majority of annual nitrate loss occurs during elevated flow, with 30 – 60% during a large storm
    • Looking at storms in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to determine fluctuations in nitrate export, the research team found that for similar storms, nitrogen export decreased over time
      • This suggests that adoption of BMPs, especially those that decrease runoff, does decrease nitrogen export

1 CEU in Nutrient Management is available for this webinar. Visit the Certified Crop Adviser website to self-report your credit after viewing the webinar recording.

Illinois Soybean Association
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is a statewide organization that strives to enable Illinois soybean producers to be the most knowledgeable and profitable soybean producers around the world. ISA represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through two primary roles; the state soybean checkoff and legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts.



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