Animal Waste and Irrigation Water Management

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Benton SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2010
End Date
December 2011
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

This project continues water plan activities from a 2007 Clean Water Legacy grant and initiates a multi-county project to restore hydrology and water quality in an impaired trout stream.The first goal of this project is to reduce the impacts of animal manure and fertilizer on surface and groundwater by installing low cost feedlot improvements and targeted manure management planning. This unique style of manure management planning has become extremely popular with farmers and the outcomes of these projects will include phosphorus reductions of 2,286 pounds.The second goal of this project will begin addressing several impairments in the Little Rock Creek watershed through voluntary implementation of conservation practices. Historic evidence shows that the Little Rock Creek supported trout since 1908. Fish surveys from the early 1990's show that the creek can no longer support trout, even when stocked. Little Rock Creek is heavily influenced by groundwater and groundwater modeling indicates that changes in flow are contributing to the biological impairment. Irrigation records indicate an increased amount of groundwater withdrawal, especially during the summer months. This project will reduce this impact by combining the efforts of Benton and Morrison SWCD's in helping landowners address irrigation water management in the Little Rock Creek groundwater recharge area.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 6 (f)
Appropriation Language

2010 - FWQMG - CWF

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Measurable Outcome(s)

Estimated pollution reductions include: 57 lbs/yr Phosphorus; 170 lbs/yr Nitrogen; 2.54E+4 CFU Fecal Coliform; BOD5 682 mg/L; COD 3124 mg/L.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Benton SWCD
(320) 968-5300 x3
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767