Bassett Creek and Plymouth Creek Stream Stabilization Projects
(g) $2,330,000 the first year and $1,830,000 the second year are for grants to implement stream bank, stream channel, and shoreline protection, and restoration projects to protect water quality. Of this amount, $330,000 the first year and $330,000 the second year may be used for technical assistance and grants to establish a conservation drainage program in consultation with the Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Drainage Work Group that consists of pilot projects to retrofit existing drainage systems with water quality improvement practices, evaluate outcomes, and provide outreach to landowners, public drainage authorities, drainage engineers and contractors, and others. Of this amount, $500,000 the first year is for a grant to Hennepin County for riparian restoration and stream bank stabilization in the ten primary stream systems in Hennepin County in order to protect, enhance, and help restore the water quality of the streams and downstream receiving waters. The county shall work with watershed districts and water management organizations to identify and prioritize projects. To the extent possible, the county shall employ youth through the Minnesota Conservation Corps and Tree Trust to plant trees and shrubs to reduce erosion and stabilize stream banks. This appropriation must be matched by nonstate sources, including in-kind contributions (2010 - Shoreland Improvement)
The Bassett Creek project installed 28 rock vanes to prevent bank erosion, one cross vane to stabilize the creek bottom and prevent downcutting, and planted 7.9 acres of native vegetation within the riparian corridor. Repairs to the streambanks and protection of existing banks are expected to reduce the annual phosphorus load to Bassett Creek by 96 pounds and the annual total suspended solids (TSS) load by 100 tons.
The Board of Water and Soil Resources is required to contract with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa (formerly Minnesota Conservation Corps), or CCMI, for installation of conservation practices benefitting water quality for at least $500,000 in each year of the 2010-11 biennium. The Board approved reserving the following funds in each year of the biennium to comply with this appropriation:$200,000 from the Runoff Reduction Grants $200,000 from the Clean Water Assistance Grants $100,000 from the Shoreland Improvement Grants As part of the process, BWSR staff has worked with the CCMI to ensure the following procedures are followed: Eligible local governments have an initial 30-day application period. CCMI has 30 days to review proposals and make a list of projects, consistent with the Clean Water Fund appropriation (Laws of Minnesota, Chapter 172, Section 6). CCMI sends the list of projects to the appropriate BWSR Clean Water Specialist for their review and approval before commitments are made to applicants. This will be accomplished within the 30-day CCMI review period. After initial allocations, any remaining funds are available on a first-come, firstserved basis by any eligible local government. CCMI will report financial information on the use of state funds, and the local government will report outcome and match information in eLINK.