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Alliant Energy Foundation supports watersheds along the Root River


Cover Crops will be planted on 500 acres of cropland

The Alliant Energy Foundation is providing a $5,000 grant to the Nature Conservancy in Minnesota to assist with planting cover crops on 500 acres of cropland. The goal is to reduce sediment entering the Root River and its tributaries while reducing peak flows. The cover crops will be planted within priority watersheds of the Root River in Houston, Fillmore and Winona counties.

Cover crops reduce soil erosion and storm water runoff after crops have been harvested. The soil is held in place and water is slowed down as it moves across the surface. This reduces the volume of water in streams during storm events.

“This money will help us work with landowners in the Root River watershed to improve water quality by planting vegetation that will reduce erosion on cropland,” said Peggy Ladner, director of The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota.

The Conservancy’s goal in southeast Minnesota is to work with farmers and partners to restore and conserve freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity in the Upper Mississippi River basin. Reduction of sediment entering the watershed helps maintain trout habitat, an important component to the local economy.

“We are delighted to support this valuable Root River watershed project,” said Marty Fox, director of Alliant Energy Foundation. “Our Foundation places a priority on funding environmental projects, especially those preserving and restoring natural areas.”

The Alliant Energy Foundation is committed to helping to improve the quality of life – now and in the future in the communities where Alliant Energy has a presence. The Foundation supports health and human service programs, education endeavors, civic activities, cultural and arts initiatives and environmental efforts.


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