Erosion, fewer native fish, and the listing of Mill Creek on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 303(d) list of impaired waters have raised concerns among landowners in this watershed near Stevens Point, Wisc. To show they care about soil, water, farmers, and local communities, and to reverse negative environmental trends, Farmers Of Mill Creek Watershed Council was formed.
The Council is directed by farmers, and is voluntary and non-regulatory. Its goals are:
• Further educate local farmers and neighbors on phosphorus best management practices, to improve water quality of Mill Creek in Portage and Wood Counties;
• Adopt more environmentally friendly farming practices to ensure clean water and healthy soils for future generations, while maintaining or improving profitability;
• Demonstrate that farmers are conservation leaders—they care about land and water and are doing all possible to be good stewards of land and water in Mill Creek watershed.
Access Mill Creek for paddling near Linwood, Wisc.