2017 - Big Elk - Mayhew Lakes Tier 1 and 2 BMP Implementation
Sediment Load will be reduced by 988 tons per year. When considering distance between the J.D. No. 2 and the Lower Otter Tail River TMDL reach, the sediment reduction associated with this project is 7 percent of the 6,868 tons per year TMDL goal.
This project resulted in an estimated annual reduction of 958 lbs BOD, 635 lbs of COD, 1.47E+15 CFU E. Coli, 1.41E+15 CFU fecal coliform, 2973 lbs nitrogen, 558 lbs phosphorus, and 371 tons of sediment.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
This project targets nutrient reductions within the Mayhew and Big Elk Lake watersheds. The Benton Soil and Water Conservation District will work with farmers in implementing a variety of conservation practices including, but not limited to cropland erosion control projects, riparian pasture management, and nutrient management and feedlot pollution control systems. These strategies were identified through Total Daily Maximum Load Studies. The goal of the project is to reduce runoff from these identified sites and improve water quality within the Mayhew Lake and Big Elk Lake watersheds. It is estimated this project will reduce phosphorus by 926 pounds per year, which is 7% of the 12,334 pound TMDL identified phosphorus reduction goal.