2016 AIG - Upper MN WD - PTMApp
Accelerated Implementation Grant 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7
This project will result in the development of the PTMapp in impaired watersheds in Big Stone County.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
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.