Buffer strips have received much attention in recent years for their potential to mitigate runoff from large storm events, assist in reducing pesticide, fertilizer and sediment loads, thereby leading to improved water quality. Emerging research is taking buffer strip potential to a new level, water quality protection and biomass production for renewable energy systems.
On April 1, 2008 CINRAM held a meeting to review the status of current buffer strip establishment programs, learn about the Rahr Malting energy project, discuss the Xcel biomass project, and review the availability of native plant seed for establishing native plant buffer strips.
The primary outcome of the meeting was to identify issues that requiring additional investments in research and development in order to facilitate the planting of native plant polyculture buffer strips in the agricultural regions of the Minnesota.
- Brooks, Achieving Hydrologic & Water Quality Benefits with Riparian Buffers
- Current, Lower Minnesota River- Xcel Biomass Energy Project
- Frebo, RIM Reserve Clean Energy Initiative
- Gustafson, Acetochlor Registration Partnership (ARP)
- Hoek, Native Buffer Cost Share Program
- Kopp, Role of Woody Species in (Riparian) Buffer Plantings
- Kramer, Koda Energy: Biomass to Energy for Economic Survival
- Lehman, Cedar Creek Groundwater Project using Prairie Biofuel Buffers