Governor Tim Walz has set a goal of enrolling one million acres by the end of 2022 in a voluntary agricultural program that helps protect the state’s water.

The governor says 977 farms totaling over 685-thousand acres are already participating in the Water Quality Certification Program and have added over 110 thousand acres of new cover crops and almost two thousand new conservation practices.

(He says that effort has kept over 38-thousand tons of sediment out of Minnesota’s rivers and saved nearly 108-thousand tons of soil.)

Walz says it’s a “key effort to ensure our lakes, rivers, and drinking water are protected for future generations.” Farmers and landowners interested in becoming water quality certified should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District or visit MyLandMyLegacy-dot-com.