Birch Lake Hot Spot Remediation

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Vadnais Lake Area WMO
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2020
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 7(b) (BWSR Projects and Practices 2018)
Appropriation Language

$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 the second year are for grants to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Capture 8.1 lbs/yr of Total Phosphorus annually from a targeted subwatershed of Birch Lake through a retrofitted iron-enhanced sand filter and detention system.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Vadnais Lake Area WMO are: Dan Jones, Ed Prudhon, Marc Johannsen, Marty Long, Rob Rafferty, Robert Uzpen
Project Details

An existing wetland in the northeast subwatershed for Birch Lake has been identified as a source of phosphorus to the lake. This project will modify the outlet of the wetland. This will provide extended detention to minimize impacts to upland vegetation and provide more bounce and filtration capacity. Additionally, an installed iron-enhanced sand filtration system will result in an annual phosphorus reduction of 8 pounds.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Vadnais Lake Area WMO
Street Address
800 East County Road E
Vadnais Heights
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer