2015 Lake Minnewaska Targeted Sub Watershed Water and Sediment Control Project Phase II
This project will result in a consistent set of GIS data across the 2,325 square miles in the Blue Earth and Le Sueur watersheds.
This project resulted in an annual reduction of 712 lbs of phosphorus and 885 tons of sediment.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
Pope Soil and Water Conservation District, partnered with Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and landowners, will install 22 targeted water and sediment control structures in two priority subwatersheds (Trappers Run and Minnewaska). These structures have the potential to reduce sediment load by 514 tons per year, and phosphorus by 440 pounds per year. This will result in meeting 7 % of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) phosphorus reduction goal for Lake Malmedahl, 11% of the TMDL phosphorus goal for Strandness, and 40% of the Lake Emily TMDL phosphorus goal from flowage from Lake Minnewaska. All lakes but Lake Minnewaska are impaired for excessive nutrients.