Brown's Creek Thermal Load Reduction

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Brown's Creek Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2011
End Date
December 2012
Counties Affected
Washington
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 6 (g)
Appropriation Language

(g) $2,330,000 the first year and $1,830,000 the second year are for grants to implement stream bank, stream channel, and shoreline protection, and restoration projects to protect water quality. Of this amount, $330,000 the first year and $330,000 the second year may be used for technical assistance and grants to establish a conservation drainage program in consultation with the Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Drainage Work Group that consists of pilot projects to retrofit existing drainage systems with water quality improvement practices, evaluate outcomes, and provide outreach to landowners, public drainage authorities, drainage engineers and contractors, and others. Of this amount, $500,000 the first year is for a grant to Hennepin County for riparian restoration and stream bank stabilization in the ten primary stream systems in Hennepin County in order to protect, enhance, and help restore the water quality of the streams and downstream receiving waters. The county shall work with watershed districts and water management organizations to identify and prioritize projects. To the extent possible, the county shall employ youth through the Minnesota Conservation Corps and Tree Trust to plant trees and shrubs to reduce erosion and stabilize stream banks. This appropriation must be matched by nonstate sources, including in-kind contributions (2011 - Shoreland Improvement)

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$108,540
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

After the project is complete in June 2012, Brown's Creek will be six degrees cooler on the warmest days, bringing the water temperature from lethal to tolerable and thus increasing the stream's ability to support trout reproduction.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The project was completed in June 2012, resulting in Brown's Creek being six degrees cooler on the warmest days, bringing the water temperature from lethal to tolerable and thus increasing the stream's ability to support trout reproduction.

Project Overview

Brown's Creek is the namesake of Brown's Creek Watershed District (BCWD) and a designated metro trout stream. But in recent years the stream hasn't been home to as many trout and cold-water insects as we would hope. The creek is too warm and too muddy.
Brown's Creek Watershed District has partnered with Oak Glen Golf Course to restore 1,300 linear feet of Brown's Creek as it flows through the golf course adding more than two acres of native buffer along the stream bank. This project began in 2011 with a $210,000 Clean Water Fund grant. After the project is complete in June 2012, Brown's Creek will be six degrees cooler on the warmest days, bringing the water temperature from lethal to tolerable and thus increasing the stream's ability to support trout reproduction.

Project Manager
First Name
Karen
Last Name
Kill
Organization Name
Brown's Creek Watershed District
Phone
(651) 275-1136 x26
Email
karen.kill@mnwcd.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp