Minnesota's Legacy

Chain of Lakes Targeted Reduction

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Sauk River WD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The 2014 HSPF modeling reduction scenarios determined that by placing a 50 foot high quality grass buffer immediately adjacent to surface waters in priority areas would produce a 68% phosphorus removal rate, or an estimated reduction of 6 tons of sediment per year and 20 lbs of phosphorus per year.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Sauk River WD are: Duane Willenbring, Gary Barber, Gene Rasmusen, Jason Scherping, Larry Kuseske, Lee Bautch, Tim Hagemeier, Tyler Carlson
Project Overview

The Chain of Lakes Targeted Reduction project will utilize Clean Water Funds to address bank erosion and install vegetated buffers along tributaries to the Eden Valley Chain of Lakes using the SRWD's incentivized Hayed Buffer Program. The Eden Valley Chain of Lakes (Vails Lake, Eden Lake and North Browns Lake) drain into the main segment of the Sauk River Chain of Lakes (SRCL) from the south. Impaired for excessive nutrients, this southern series of lakes is influenced by inflows from private ditches and perennial and intermittent streams. The 2014 TMDL study for the entire SRCL identifies 85-90% of the total phosphorus loading from agricultural runoff. The SRWD will be working with the Stearns County SWCD, Meeker County SWCD, Stearns County NRCS and Pheasants Forever to address the nutrient runoff concerns identified for these three lakes in the 2014 SRCL TMDL. The SRWD's Hayed Buffer Program and stream stabilization will complement conservation BMPs administered by the Stearns County SWCD as part of the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) program focused in the lower Sauk River Chain of Lakes region. CWF will be utilized to conduct landowner outreach efforts, technical assistance for project design, and cost share for riparian BMP implementation. Funds will also be utilized as a sign up incentive in the amount of $100/ac to enroll in the SRWD Hayed Buffer Program established by the SRWD's Farmer-led Council. CWF funds will be used to make progress in achieving goals outlined in the District's 2014-2023 plan which includes three miles of priority site specific bank stabilization on Luxemburg Creek for overall annual sediment reduction of six tons. Estimated phosphorus reduction of 20 pounds per year is anticipated from native buffers and stream bank restoration.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sauk River WD
Street Address
524 4th St
Sauk Centre
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp