Cherokee Heights Stormwater Management and Ravine Stabilization Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Lower Mississippi River WMO
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2020
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Details

The Cherokee Heights Ravine receives untreated stormwater runoff from a 70-acre residential area. The ravine is at the upstream end of Lilydale Regional Park. High flow rates and velocities of untreated stormwater through the Cherokee Heights Ravine has caused severe erosion contributing to the instability of the adjacent banks and resulting in sediment and phosphorus loading to downstream Pickerel Lake. The project will reduce pollutant loading by treating stormwater and stabilizing the approximately 300 foot long Upper Cherokee Heights Ravine. The project will be conducted in partnership with St. Paul, Mendota Heights, and West St. Paul and is estimated to reduce annual sediment and phosphorus loading by 17 to 41 tons and 17 to 41 pounds respectively. This represents about 37%-89% of the needed load reduction for Pickerel Lake.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 7(b) (BWSR Projects and Practices 2018)
Appropriation Language

$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 the second year are for grants to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project is estimated to reduce sediment loading by 17 to 41 tons/year and TP loading by 17-41 lbs/year. This represents about 37%-89% of the 46 lbs/year TP load reduction from watershed sources recommended in preliminary drafts of the Pickerel Lake TMDL.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Lower Mississippi River WMO are: Anne Weber, Bob Bullard, Chelsea Skog, Edward (Hunter) Blaeser, Jayne Hager Dee, Jill Smith, Johnson Bruce, Kevin Chamberlain, Laura Zanmiller, Marilyn Lundberg, Mary Jeanne Schneeman, Molly Park, Richard Williams, Scott Deyo, Sharon Lencowski, Tom Seaberg
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lower Mississippi River WMO
Street Address
4100 220th Street W, Suite 102
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767