Blue Lake Priority Action Plan
$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.
The most recognizable measurable outcome of this project is a 95 lb annual reduction of TP. The outcome results in a 10% TP reduction. Additional reduction: 29,044 lbs. of suspended solids.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
Recent monitoring has detected a declining trend in the water quality in Blue Lake. A Subwatershed Assessment (SWA) for the lake was completed in 2016. This proposal will install six of the top projects identified in the direct watershed. A significant amount of work to prepare for this proposal has been completed and landowners are ready to install projects. This project will result in an annual 95 pound reduction in phosphorus and is 10% of the needed phosphorus reduction goal.