2017 CWF South Branch Vermillion River Nitrate Treatment Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Vermillion River Watershed JPO
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

As part of the Dakota County Transportation Department's highway 78 road reconstruction project, the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization is partnering with Dakota County to install a nitrate treatment practice on a tributary to the South Branch Vermillion River adjacent to the road. The South Branch Vermillion River subwatershed is the highest nitrate loading subwatershed in the Vermillion River Watershed and is a significant contributor to contaminated drinking water in the eastern portion of the watershed. The project will result in the installation of a constructed wetland with enhanced soil media adjacent to County Road 78.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Annie Felix-Gerth

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015, First Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7(b)
Appropriation Language

$10,187,000 the first year and $10,188,000 the second year are for grants to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

13,600 pounds of nitrogen/year

Measurable Outcome(s)

The constructed wetland with enhanced soil media was installed and constructed underbudget. The JPO was approved for a work plan revision to utilize some of the grant funds remaining to also install a woodchip bioreactor for nitrate treatment. Both projects were constructed well under the anticipated grant budget. Volume reduction of 556 ACRE-FEET/YR., Nitrate reduction of 13925 pounds/YR., Sediment (TSS) reduction of 7.6 TONS/YR.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
achieved proposed outcomes.
Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Vermillion River Watershed JPO are: Mary Liz Holberg, Mike Slavik, Tom Wolf
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Vermillion River Watershed JPO
Street Address
14955 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767