Recent News and Updates
Look for upcoming meetings below. You can find past meeting dates and minutes by clicking the meetings and events tab, or by clicking here.
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Keep an eye out for CWF updates in the Pomme de Terre by clicking the logo to the left. For 2014, the Pomme de Terre received $274,000 in Clean Water Funds.
March 5th, 2014: A regular TAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 5th at 9:30am at the USDA-ARS soils lab in Morris. The TAC meets monthly or as needed based on current events usually on the 1st Wednesday of the month.
March 14th, 2014: A regular JPB meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 14th at 9:30am at the USDA-ARS soils lab in Morris, MN. The JPB meets on a bi-monthly, or as needed basis depending on the time of year and work to be completed, and the meetings are generally held on the 2nd Friday of the month.
See the Meetings and Events section to see past meetings and meeting minutes.
The Pomme de Terre River Association
The Pomme de Terre River Association is an organization concerned with the Pomme de Terre Watershed in western Minnesota. The association was formed in 1981 to work on improving the water quality of the River.
Today, the Pomme de Terre River Association is in the midst of some major funding sources. Having secured funding through the State's Clean Water Fund over the past 3 years, the organization has been the beneficiary of just under $1.1 million in implementation funding directly from the State. With two applications out once again this year, the PDTRA is looking to "up" that total to just over $4.5 million! That's a lot of money! In addition to bringing all this taxpayer money back out to west-central Minnesota, the PDTRA has also leveraged in excess of $4 million in Federal funds as payments to local landowners. All of this money is important for the local economy, for local contractors, and local suppliers. It's more than water quality now, it's the quality of life. A strong economy and clean water work hand-in-hand in creating a wonderful place to live, visit, fish, camp, and any other type of recreation you could think of. Here's to many more years of hard work!
Pomme de Terre: Land of the Potato
Pomme de Terre is French for “apple of the earth”. Where did such a name come from? Apple of the earth a common reference to potatoes! Potatoes however are not currently found in the Pomme de Terre watershed. The common crops are corn, wheat and soybeans. The name of the river originates from a prairie plant known an Indian Breadroot (psoralea esculenta). Before European settlement in the area, the Pomme de Terre watershed was a vast native prairie full of grasses and flowering plants. Indian Breadroot was common and plentiful here.
The plant was a valuable resource for Native Americans and served as a staple food source because of its large taproot “tuber.” The hard fibrous outer layer of the root kept it from spoiling, even in winter, so the Native Americans could dig it up and hang it in their teepees until needed. Then they would cut it down, boil the starchy tuberous rootstalk, remove the fibrous leathery outer layer and eat it as a boiled or mashed food similar to our potato.
Now rare, Indian Breadroot and the rest of the once-common prairie plants and flowers are now only found where the plow has not touched the soil. Changes over time have resulted in the Pomme de Terre watershed now containing a great amount of cropland and livestock due to the rich soil that once allowed those prairie plants to prosper. Along with the positive gains from agriculture come some negative effects as well. The use of this land for crops and livestock, as well as the effects of inadequate sewer systems, has resulted in fertilizers, fecal bacteria, and soil being washed into the river, causing it to become impaired.
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