Photo of SMBSC wastewater treatment ponds

Photo of SMBSC wastewater treatment ponds

SMBSC provided its annual report to the Renville Country Board of Commissioners, detailing water quality improvements for the past year. Read the West Central Tribune article excerpted below:


By Tom Cherveny, Jun 2, 2015

OLIVIA — The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is continuing to meet water quality objectives and even gaining some recognition for it.

 The Minnesota Environmental Initiative named the cooperative among its finalists this year for water quality awards for its phosphorus reduction program. More than 80 percent of the cooperative’s growers now plant a spring cover crop to reduce soil erosion that carries phosphorus into waterways. Last year, the use of cover crops by its growers is estimated to have kept 16,000 pounds of phosphorus from reaching the Minnesota River, where the nutrient feeds algae blooms.


Read full article from the West Central Tribune