The City of Burlington Wastewater Utility Annual Cover Crop Program went into effect on October 1, 2020 to assist local agricultural producers with the installation of cover crops on farm land in the sub watersheds surrounding the Burlington area. This program is part of the City’s Adaptive Management Plan that was developed to achieve compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Phosphorus discharge limits which seeks to implement projects that remove phosphorous from the watershed. Cover crops, along with no-till planting, allows for rainfall to infiltrate the soil where it lands limiting run-off, erosion and nutrient loading to the watershed.
This program is pivotal in offsetting the treatment plant loading to the Fox River by improving the water quality upstream of the treatment plant discharge. All project locations will be identified with a sign near the roadway, so if you see one, take the time to look at what is going on out in the field and know that improving soil health will improve our water quality well into the future.
If you or anyone you know think they would qualify for this program, don’t hesitate to reach out to the City of Burlington Wastewater Utility at 262-539-3646. Only projects on land within the service area are eligible for funding. Check the service area map below to see if your land is in the project boundary and eligible for funding.