2015 Red Lake County Drainage Ditch Inventory and Inspection (Phase II)
Soil Erosion and Drainage Law Compliance 2015
A database will be created which prioritizes and keeps track of identified locations where Side Water Inlet Structures or buffer strips will be implemented.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The purpose of this Phase II Project is to advance the inventory process of the 103E drainage ditches where erosion, sediment, and/or nutrients are contributing substantially to water quality degradation, and prioritize sites for side water inlet control and/or buffer strip implementation.Through this project, Red Lake Watershed District, Red Lake County Ditch Authority, along with the Red Lake County SWCD, will be working together prioritizing county ditch systems (based upon water quality degradation and the amount of sediment loading that is occurring in the ditch systems), targeting where the greatest need for Side Water Inlet Structures is, and where 1-rod buffer strips are needed. In addition, Red Lake County SWCD will be advancing the inventory process by using the Water Quality Decision Support System (WQDSS) tool, created by the International Waters Institute, to help prioritize areas where Side Water Inlet Structures are needed. The Stream Power Index layer of the WQDSS tool indicates which flow paths have the highest erosive power and greatest potential for erosion. This tool will help assist the District with prioritizing and targeting Side Water Inlet Structure project locations. Collaborated efforts with Pennington SWCD, Kittson SWCD, and Becker SWCD have been established so that we are all collecting the same usable data.