2017 Elk River Watershed Strategic BMP Assessments
This project will result in the preparation of up to 15 SWAs in urban and rural landscapes to identify BMP installation opportunities, estimate BMP installation costs, and rank BMPs by cost effectiveness at achieving target water resource goals.
This project resulted in an estimated annual reduction of 36 lbs BOD, 162 lbs of COD, 6.50E+13 CFU fecal coliform, 361 lbs nitrogen, and 266 lbs phosphorus.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
A completed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study has identified mid to late summer phosphorus loading as a significant stressor to lakes and streams within the Big Elk Lake watershed. While this comprehensive study serves its role as the unifying document that identifies pollutants and sources, further work is required in order to develop site-specific Best Management Practices, design these practices, and oversee their implementation in order to reach clean water goals. The proposed work for this project includes hiring technical staff to develop relationships with watershed landowners and ultimately carry out the recommendations and strategies set forth by the Big Elk Lake Nutrient TMDL.