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Olmsted County Soil and Water Supervisor District 2

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    William B. Richardson
    (NP)

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    Paul Uecker
    (NP)

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Why are you the best candidate for this position? (750 characters)

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (500 characters)

How is this office important to constituents? Please provide details of any plans for improvement. (500 characters)

How should this office provide oversight for how climate change is affecting our community watersheds, and what can be done to prevent adverse effects on local communities? (500 characters)

I am uniquely qualified for this position because: I have over 20 years of research experience in the field of environmental science specializing in nutrient cycling and mitigation of the impact of agricultural and urban runoff in streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Many of these projects were designed to enhance natural ecosystem functions that reduce runoff impacts (e.g., denitrification, capture of sediments and nutrient by wetlands, and ditch management).

I have collaborated with federal and state agencies on many projects to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff.

I am a retired scientist and have time and a keen interest in promoting a more sustainable resource utilization and protecting the natural resources of Olmsted Count
Soil health - is a fundamental quality of sustainable farming and good water quality. Healthy soils increase water holding capacity and crop productivity. Healthy soils can reduce the reliance on agrichemical applications Young farmer initiatives – as land prices sky-rocket young people can’t break into farming. These folks are our future and have great ideas and enthusiasm for more sustainable approaches to farming. Climate resilience – healthier soils can help protect against climate.
We in Minnesota are extremely fortunate to have a branch of local government whose primary goal is to protect local and regional soil and water quality – the two primary ingredients of human health and food production. If elected I will push to enhance funding for Soil health, young farmers, and climate resilience – funding programs now being pushed by the state of Minnesota and the Olmsted SWCD. I will reach out to pre-existing conservation groups to further promote these goals.
Climate resiliency is an excellent fit for the SWCD which has been funding projects designed to address these issues for many years. My goal is to support funding of projects promoting climate resiliency on farm and urban lands. By preparing in a smart way, we can off-set many of the predicted (and now occurring) impacts of changing climate. Enhancing soil health on long-farmed soils, sediment denitrification in aquatic sediments, and reducing phosphorus application and erosion are important.
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