Bevens and Carver Creeks Exclusion and Streambank Restoration Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Carver County
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
Appropriation Language

Projects and Practices 2014

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Exclusion activities for landowners will reduce the amount of uncontrolled access points for livestock to enter the stream. This project will install fencing for ten individual properties, resulting in an estimated reduction of 13 percent of available fecal coliform bacteria
by excluding approximately 100-150 head of livestock.
Concurrent with the exclusion fencing projects, stream bank restoration will reverse the negative impacts of livestock grazing and trampling areas next to the water's edge. These activities will include bank stabilization, replanting of native vegetation and establishing native buffers. These activities are estimated to reduce the amount of sediment reaching the stream by 50 tons.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Carver County are:
Project Overview

Recent efforts by Carver County Water Management Organization Staff have centered on removing point sources of bacteria in both Bevens and Carver Creeks. These efforts have shown improvement in water quality; however the creeks are still above the state standard for E. coli. Early results from field surveys have pinpointed areas where livestock have uncontrolled access to streams. Five sites over a twenty mile stretch of Bevens Creek have shown evidence of livestock access to streams and associated damage to streambanks. With a total of roughly 75 miles of stream length between Bevens, Silver and Carver Creeks, it is reasonable to expect that at least fifteen sites will have evidence of livestock access.

This project will construct exclusion fencing for livestock to remove uncontrolled access to the streams. Included in constructing exclusion fencing will be the restoration of stream banks that have been damaged due to excessive grazing and trampling. The reduction in erosion from these targeted areas will also help reduce turbidity, which is a goal set forth in the Bevens and Carver Creek Turbidity Total Maximum Daily Load study that was approved last year.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Carver County
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp