Minnesota's Legacy

Cedar/Farm Island Lakes

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$108,011
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Aitkin SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2011
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Aitkin
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 6 (c)
Appropriation Language

(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)

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$108,011
Other Funds Leveraged
$36,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project funds the design and installation of rain gardens, shoreland revegetation, and water diversions. These projects all reduce the rate of runoff to lakes and streams.

Measurable Outcome(s)

15 shoreland revegetation projects and one rain garden were installed.

Project Overview

Cedar and Farm Island are large recreational lakes located in the Aitkin/Brainerd Lakes area. Both lakes are showing significant downward trends in water clarity. The trend coincides with watershed development that increases water runoff. This project seeks to reverse that trend before these lakes degrade further and become impaired. Changing land uses now through incentives is a very cost-effective way to manage these lakes. The consequence of delaying funding for these lakes is a much higher future cost and the possibility that some of their environmental and social values will be lost forever.This project funds the design and installation of rain gardens, shoreland revegetation, and water diversions. These projects all reduce the rate of runoff to lakes and streams. Reducing the runoff will lower the amount of nutrients, especially phosphorus, that increases algae growth. Some additional forest stewardship assistance in the watersheds further slow runoff and nutrient transport.

Project Manager
First Name
Steven
Last Name
Hughes
Organization Name
Aitkin SWCD
Phone
(218) 927-6565
Competitive Grant Making Body
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

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