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Becker County Drainage Ditch Inventory and Inspection Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Becker SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Appropriation Language

Soil Erosion and Drainage Law Compliance 2014

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Drainage ditch inventory

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Becker SWCD are: Duane Grossman, Eugene Pavelko, Jerome Flottemesch, Kathy Stenger, Tony Beck
Project Overview

The Becker County Drainage Ditch Inventory and Inspection Project is a collaborative, multifaceted approach to develop a GIS-based drainage ditch inventory database system, inventory the current conditions of judicial ditches and adjacent land, and target and prioritize portions of each ditch system for restorative or protective measures.

Judicial ditches within Becker County were turned over to their respective watershed districts, but in several cases ditches lie outside of the jurisdiction of an organized district. Though some segments of these systems have been studied either by the county or their respective watershed districts, to date there has not been a comprehensive inventory of their resource conditions or assessment of their conservation needs. Phase 1 of this project will create a mobile GIS-based ditch inventory system and database. Phase 2 will utilize the mobile database to conduct on the ground surveys of current conditions of six Becker County Ditches. Phase 3 will incorporate survey data and LiDAR-based GIS assessments of the contributing area(s) of each reach to 1) determine the status of compliance with buffer strip requirements and the 50-ft. Shoreland Buffer Rule, 2) identify and prioritize sites for buffer strip needs, side inlet control or other structural practices, and 3) identify priority wetland restoration or other drainage water storage and treatment opportunities. In addition to fulfilling these needs, the information and system developed by this project will assist day to day operational goals and expand resource management opportunities for each organization within this partnership.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Becker SWCD
Street Address
809 - 8th St SE
Detroit Lakes
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp