2018 Lake Emily Watershed BMP Targeted Implementation Project III
$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 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.
Emily is one of the lakes studied in the Pope County 8 Lake TMDL study (http://www.popeswcd.org/lsrmprograms.html#html) and is impaired for excessive nutrients. This project will install 15 WASCOB projects that will reduce 350.25 Tons/Year of sediment and 300 lbs./year of Phosphorus loading to Lake Emily meeting 15% of the 2,000 TP lbs./year Phosphorus resource goal in the Water Plan. Section 2-page 11 of the water plan describes 33% of the external phosphorus loading to Emily is coming from the direct drainage areas, 50% from the Little Chippewa River, and 7% from upstream of Emily to Lake Minnewaska. The TMDL shows that a 35% reduction goal of 6,370 lbs. of external Phosphorus reduction is needed to delist Lake Emily. The County Water Plan (section 2 page 2-11) identifies (http://www.popeswcd.org) these direct drainage areas as contributing 33% (2,000 lbs.) of the total loading to Lake Emily based on the TMDL study to meet the TMDL goals. Section 1 page 17 identities erosion and sediment control as a priority planning issue and surface water quality, which also has a top priority for the Chippewa River watershed. Page 4-3 identifies action step 1.B.2.d. to install 5 WASCOBS in the Lake Emily watershed in 2017.
The Chippewa River Fecal Coliform and Turbidity TMDL Implementation Plan June 2011 22.214.171.124 Structural Practices (page 46) identifies the goal of 75 WASCOBS through the Chippewa River watershed. This project along with the projects awarded in 2016 and 2017 have a total potential of 89 erosion control projects which will have been constructed meeting 100% of the goal. We have 51 projects designed and either installed or to be installed the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018. We can measure the reduction in nutrients especially sediment and phosphorus affecting Lake Emily as well as the overall reduction goals identified in the TMDL study and Pope County Water plan for Lake Emily. This is what we are using for the measurable outcomes for this project.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Lake Emily Watershed Best Management Practice Targeted Implementation Project provides funding for 15 water and sediment control projects with potential shoreline and riparian restoration projects. Lake Emily is identified in the Eight Lake Total Maximum Daily Load study and the Pope County Water Plan as impaired for excessive nutrients. These projects have the potential to reduce sediment and phosphorus leaving the field by 350 tons and 300 pounds per year, which directly addresses 15% of Lake Emily's phosphorus reduction goal.