$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.
Twenty rock riffles will be installed to control grade and stabilize a 1.5 mile channelized reach of the Bostic Watershed. This project will reduce Total Suspended Solids (TSS) contributions to the impaired reach of Bostic Creek.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation District (LOW SWCD), in partnership with Lake of the Woods County, will install 20 rock riffles to control grade and stabilize a two mile channelized reach of the Bostic Watershed. This project improves water quality in the Bostic Watershed by controlling channel incision and reducing sediment transport into the sediment impaired reach of Bostic Creek. It is estimated that nearly 300 tons per year of soil is being eroded due to the uncontrolled down cutting. The conceptual design for this project has been a joint effort between LOW County, LOW SWCD and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.