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A Brief Agrarian History of the Cottonwood River Watershed in Southwestern Minnesota


  • Petrolia, Daniel R.


The Cottonwood River Watershed is located in southwestern Minnesota, draining 1,310 square miles of land within the Minnesota River Basin. The watershed is comprised of parts of Brown, Cottonwood, Lyon, Murray, and Redwood Counties. This essay gives a brief account of the initial European settlement of the area and the establishment of the current political boundaries. It then focuses on the major developments in agricultural production during the past 150 years, touching on the changes in landscape and wildlife due to drainage and restructuring of water bodies and the clearing of forest land.

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  • Petrolia, Daniel R., 2006. "A Brief Agrarian History of the Cottonwood River Watershed in Southwestern Minnesota," Staff Papers 14089, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:umaesp:14089

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    1. Petrolia, Daniel R. & Gowda, Prasanna H. & Mulla, David J., 2005. "Targeting Agricultural Drainage to Reduce Nitrogen Losses in a Minnesota Watershed," Staff Papers 13438, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
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