Big Trout High Quality Lake: County Road 66 Stormwater Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Crow Wing SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Crow Wing
Project Overview

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) proposes to complete stormwater best management practices (BMPs) that will reduce 40 pounds of phosphorus and 40 tons of sediment per year from entering Big Trout Lake. The Crow Wing County (CWC) Water Plan identifies Big Trout Lake as a priority lake to enhance due to its significant decline in water clarity and high ratio of impervious surface surrounding the lake. The 2015 CWC Assessors Property Tax Assessment reports that Big Trout has the second highest taxable land value in CWC at $4,200 per foot of shoreline. This demonstrates how significant the lake is to the local community and CWC. In order to ensure Big Trout Lakeshore property retains its value, this project will implement a targeted and high priority stormwater project based off the University of Minnesota Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (CRSDP) study. This study consisted of stormwater product design research, landuse cover data, public meetings, engineering, and survey design work. The SWCD will utilize the draft engineered plan to solve a 30 year County Road 66 (CTY RD) stormwater problem which currently contributes 50 pounds of phosphorus per year to Big Trout Lake. To mitigate the runoff, the SWCD will partner with the CWC Highway (HWY) Department, City of Manhattan Beach, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) to install three Downstream Defenders and a series of underground pipes. This targeted approach reflects the lessons learned from SWCD's Deerwood Stormwater Project; which included extensive community outreach, use of media resources, site preparation and design components, communication and oversight of contractors, site inspections, proper maintenance, and project evaluation. The SWCD believes that if stormwater runoff problems are not addressed within Big Trout that water clarity will continue to decline, negatively altering the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan Beach and CWC.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

A 1% reduction in sediment is anticipated.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in an estimated annual reduction of 60 tons of sediment.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Crow Wing SWCD
Street Address
322 Laurel Street, Suite 13
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767