Burnham Creek Watershed Restoration Project, Phase I

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
West Polk SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Red Lake River is impaired for turbidity. It is also the drinking water source for residents living in East Grand Forks. Burnham Creek is a tributary to the Red Lake River and its watershed is well known for its intensive agriculture, flat topography and frequent flooding. Over the last 20 years, head cutting of the bottom of the channel has led to bank failures, flow restrictions, sedimentation and constriction of fish passage. Soil loss from this is approximately 117 tons per year. This loss is adding to the existing poor water quality in Red Lake River while also reducing flows, causing crop loss and localizing flooding which is damaging roads and inhibiting fish/wildlife habitat.
The Burnham Creek Watershed Restoration Project consists of three phases. Phase I will concentrate on a portion of the upper end of the Burnham Creek Channel by the installation rock weirs. Phase II will conduct a technical and needs assessment on the lower region of the Burnham Creek Channel. Phase III provides installation of practices identified in Phase II.
Phase I consists of eight rock weirs that will be placed at the optimum locations to flatten out and stabilize the grade, channel stabilization, create a natural diversion, create pool habitat/cover, and improve fish passage.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07A 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Reduce Sediment by 117 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in an estimated reduction of 117 tons of soil lost per year

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources

Recipient Board Members
Ben Larson, Derek Peterson, Russ Severson, Mark McWalter, David Moulds,
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
West Polk SWCD
Street Address
528 Strander Ave
Zip Code
(218) 281-6070
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767