2016 AIG - Upper MN WD - PTMApp

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Upper Minnesota River WD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Big Stone
Project Overview

The Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) is currently being developed for the Minnesota River-Headwaters. Part of the WRAPS and subsequent implementation addresses targeting locations for specific projects (e.g., conservation practices) which are expected to results in measurable water quality benefits for impaired lakes and rivers. Protection strategies are also developed to maintain water quality. This project will complement local implementation efforts and the WRAPS development by conducting a desktop analysis using Prioritize, Target and Measure Application (PTMApp) to target specific projects that will have measurable and cost-effective water quality benefits. The PTMApp uses new methods in high resolution geospatial data to develop detailed information about localized hydrology, pollutant loading, and best management practice (BMP)/conservation practice (CP) placement. This desktop analysis will be used to guide targeted implementation in local water quality planning and day-to-day business. As part of this project, the results of the desktop analysis will also be field verified. A PTMApp has been developed for the lower half of the Minnesota River - Headwaters (MRH) and this project would provide complete coverage of the entire Minnesota portion of the MRH. Clean Water Funds will be used primarily to complete the desktop analysis and develop a cost-effective targeted implementation plan.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

See http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/index.html and http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

See http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/index.html

Conflict of Interest Contact

Marcey Westrick

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Accelerated Implementation Grant 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will result in the development of the PTMapp in impaired watersheds in Big Stone County.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Funds were used to successfully develop PTMApp (more at https://ptmapp.bwsr.state.mn.us/). PTMApp is a state-wide desktop and web application to be used by practitioners to provide the technical bridge between the general description of the types of strategies in a local water plan and the identification of implementable on-the-ground Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Conservation Practices (CPs).

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
achieved proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds


Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Upper Minnesota River WD
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767