Cass County Water Quality Enhancement and Shoreline Protection
(c) $3,000,000 the first year and $3,000,000 the second year are for nonpoint source pollution reduction and restoration grants to watershed districts, watershed management organizations, counties, and soil and water conservation districts for grants in addition to grants available under paragraphs (a) and (b) to keep water on the land and to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams, and to protect groundwater and drinking water. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a local match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans. Up to five percent may be used for administering the grants (2011 - Clean Water Assistance); (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)
We worked with landowners to install 9 shoreland buffer projects totaling over 1,500 lineal feet including one project landward, covering 1000 square feet. Over $7,000 of cash and in -kind match was provided by landowners.We are working with MNDOT and the Outing Community to develop a major storm water prevention/sedimentation reduction project to be installed next spring and summer to reduce the nutrient loading of Roosevelt Lake. Working with the Cass County Highway Department, construction drawings and documents were prepared to begin construction of a 600 ft. segment of Buxton road to eliminate erosion and sedimentation to McKeowen Lake. Property owner sign -offs have been received from all adjacent property owners and construction will begin and be completed in June, 2012.
Landowners were assisted with nine shoreland buffer projects totaling over 1,500 lineal feet including one project landward, covering 1000 square feet.
Working with the Cass County Highway Department, construction drawings and documents were prepared to begin construction of a 600 ft. segment of Buxton road to eliminate erosion and sedimentation to McKeowen Lake. Property owner sign-offs were received from all adjacent property owners and construction completed in June, 2012.
This 3-part project is developing and installing shoreline buffer projects on Ten Mile Lake, and the Roosevelt, Lawrence, Leavitt Lake area (RALALA).An additional part will correct roadway erosion contributing to sedimentation and water quality degradation on Buxton Road between McKeowen and Mann Lakes. Woodrow Township will work with Cass County SWCD/ESD and adjacent landowners to construct sedimentation basins and rain gardens and restructure the roadbed by reducing the slope to eliminate erosion and sedimentation.