van zante creek
water quality improvement project



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The Van Zante Creek Water Quality Improvement Project will reduce the amount of non-point source pollution of phosphorous and nitrogen in the South Skunk River. It is a joint effort of Marion SWCD and Jasper SWCD to work with the farmers, landowners, and agronomy retailers in the watershed to showcase practices known to reduce nutrient pollution.

The NRCS Nine-Step Planning Process will be utilized in this project. The initial step of the project will identify baseline data and resource concerns. After analyzing the data, practices reducing nutrient losses will be recommended. A Conservation Plan will be developed addressing the priority resource concerns of the project and stakeholder. Practices will then be implemented. Follow-up and evaluation conclude the Planning Process.


  • 70% of Cropland Acres will receive assessment/ planning assistance.

  • 70% of producers will engage at least one new water quality practice in their operation.

  • One Drainage Water Management System Installed  Installation of One Bioreactor

  • 20,000 acres of Cover Crops utilized

  • 7,500 acres of cropland converted to no-till/strip-till

  • 100 acres of wetlands restored/constructed

  • 500 acres of row-crop converted to CRP

  • 1,000 acres of nitrogen application converted to sidedressing from fall or spring application.


Conservation Practices


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project coordinator

Charlotte Head


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