Cedar River Capitol Improvement Plan Implementation
Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7
The Cedar River is impaired for turbidity. This project will trap sediment, reduce flashy runoff, and deliver treated water to the impaired waters, and result in an estimated reduction of 338 tons of sediment per year and 168 lbs of phosphorus per year.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Cedar River Watershed District was established in 2007 to identify and fix the water quality impairments in the Cedar River. After several years of monitoring and modeling, the district has developed the requisite background data to drill down on the 25 most crucial areas for targeted treatment. In 2015, a Capitol Improvement Plan was developed to prioritize and rank the most critical projects within the priority list. The District is requesting Clean Water Funding to implement the highest ranking projects, which are shovel ready for timely construction. These ravines provide more treatment potential than any other along the entire Cedar River. The prioritized location of the River is in a stretch of the Cedar River which is very close to reaching the State water quality standard. The landowners upstream have already been implementing practices to reduce runoff. These two capital projects represent the finish line in water treatment in their respective sub watersheds. The targeted approach significantly reduces pollutant loading. State water quality standards on this stretch of the Cedar River are attainable.