Becker County Targeted Phosphorus Reduction and Lake Protection Project
Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7
By stabilizing shorelines, increasing surface roughness, reducing or mitigating impervious area, introducing deep rooted native vegetation and providing detention of concentrated flow, these practices will all reduce the annual delivery of sediment and nutrients. The project is estimated to stem 160 tons of soil loss annually, cut yearly TSS levels by 73 tons, and prevent 176 tons of phosphorus from reaching the targeted water bodies.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
With over 500 public water lakes in Becker County, we are blessed with abundant and diverse lake resources that, like those of much of lake country, are at risk of degradation due to increasing development pressures, redevelopment of non-conforming lots, rising stormwater runoff and land use changes within their watersheds. The Becker County Targeted Phosphorus Reduction and Lake Protection Project seeks to address the critical sources of nutrients and sediment reaching 29 lakes that have been determined to have a high sensitivity to phosphorus through the targeted application of applicable, lake-friendly Best Management Practices. By targeting high quality, unimpaired lakes at greatest risk of becoming impaired and working to restore waters closest to meeting state water quality standards, this project aligns with the State of Minnesota's non-point priority funding plan as well as numerous objectives and goals within the Becker County Local Water Plan and related implementation schedule.