2016 St. Croix River Escarpment Taylors Falls Gully Stabilization
The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has had such great success implementing gully stabilization projects along the St. Croix River escarpment that all of the current grant funding has been encumbered towards projects. Two large gully projects, one in the City of Taylors Falls and a second nearby in Interstate State Park, are lined up and ready to go as soon as funding is secured. Both of these gullies are large and have been actively eroding for many years, depositing large loads of sediment and phosphorus directly into the St. Croix River. Both projects are complex because of the many landowners and partners involved, all of whom need to be in agreement for the project to move forward. The SWCD has done the footwork to achieve the necessary partnerships and support, access and permits, and matching funds. Without this grant, this hard-earned opportunity may not be available again.
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Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7
The project is estimated to reduce sediment by 196 tons/yr and phosphorus by 43 lbs/yr
This project resulted in estimated reductions of 319 lb. of phosphorus per year, 234 tons of sediment per year, 320 tons of soil loss per year, and 7 acre-feet of stormwater volume per year
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS