Gene & Bridget Tapp are honored Aug. 6, 2019, as the 2019 Outstanding Conservationists by the Mower Soil & Water Conservation District (represented by project manager Cody Fox on right) at Mower County Fair’s opening ceremony. The Tapps have worked with the SWCD on conservation projects for Brownsdale-area farm.

Tapp family honored for conservation

Mower SWCD gives annual award to Brownsdale-area farmers

One of the grass waterways on the Tapps’ farm east of Brownsdale.
Steve Garbisch holds the award Aug. 6, 2019, for Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist from Mower SWCD. His son Chris, daughter-in-law Stephanie and granddaughter Emerson joined him. Mower SWCD’s James Fett gave the award.
Bridget & Gene Tapp stand along one of their soybean fields on their farm near Brownsdale.
An inlet for one of the Tapps’ earthen basins built to control stormwater and sediment near Dobbins Creek.
Rock riffles installed in winter 2018–2019 in Dobbins Creek’s north branch as one of numerous practices built for streambank stabilization through the Tapp farm.
Members of the Garbisch Family — (left to right) Stephanie, Chris, Emerson and Steve Garbisch.
Part of the Garbisch family’s established CREP acres (most of an 80-acre parcel) along Roberts Creek, west of Brownsdale. A deer stand is in the background.
Native grasses and flowers stand in the Garbisch family’s established CREP acreage across the road from its future MN CREP parcel (75 acres) being designed for restoration now with Mower SWCD and other government agencies.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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