2018 Trout Brook Watershed Initiative Phase 2
$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.
The primary measureable outcome of this project is the reduction of sediment transport within the watershed. This project will reduce an estimated 670 tons of sediment per year. Sediment reduction will result in lower turbidity and improved water quality within Trout Brook, a designated trout stream, and lower turbidity and improved water quality in the Cannon River, which is impaired for excess turbidity. This project will install approximately 20 practices throughout the watershed.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
This project improves surface water quality within Trout Brook and will improve surface water in the Cannon River. Trout Brook, a designated trout stream, is impaired for excess nitrates and is a tributary to the Cannon River, which is impaired for turbidity.. Approximately 20 practices will be installed through this project which reduces an estimated 670 tons of sediment per year. Installation of the highest impact and most cost effective practices will result in a quantifiable reduction of sediment that reaches Trout Brook and directly addresses the turbidity impairment identified within the Cannon River.