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2016 Red Lake County Multipurpose Drainage Management Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Red Lake SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
February 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Red Lake
Red Lake
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Multipurpose Drainage Management 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

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

The estimated annual reduction in sediment being delivered to the Red Lake River is 740 tons per year for the entire project.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Red Lake SWCD are: David Bachand, David Miller, Linda Mickelson, Mark Lacrosse, Orville Knott
Project Overview

Red Lake County SWCD will continue to work cooperatively with the Red Lake County Ditch Authority, and the landowners involved to reduce erosion and sedimentation, reduce peak flows and flooding, improve water quality, and protect drainage system efficiency for priority Chapter 103E drainage systems by installing thirty-seven multipurpose drainage management practices. The priority Chapter 103E drainage system is Judicial County Ditch 60. The thirty-seven priority Judicial County Ditch 60 locations were targeted from the information gathered from the 2014 Drainage Ditch Inventory and Inspection grant. The estimated annual reduction in sediment being delivered to the Red Lake River is 740 tons per year for the entire project. Red Lake County SWCD advanced the Drainage Ditch Inventory process by using the Water Quality Decision Support System (WQDSS) tool, created by the International Waters Institute, to help prioritize areas where Multipurpose Drainage Management practices 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 helped assist the District with prioritizing and targeting these Multipurpose Drainage Management practice locations. Red Lake County SWCD has already been proactive in selecting locations where multipurpose drainage management practices are needed to reduce soil loss, eliminate sediment deposition in the impaired ditch systems, improve water quality, and reduce maintenance costs with the installation of 72 NRCS Conservation Practice Code 410 practices over the past five years. These locations were identified with assistance from the Red Lake County Ditch Authority (County Ditch 66, County Ditch 2 BR-1, and County Ditch 4).

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Red Lake SWCD
Street Address
2602 Wheat Dr
Red Lake Falls
Zip Code
218-253-2593 x111
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp