Clearwater Lake Chain: Kimball Stormwater Partnership Phase II
The Clearwater Lake Chain has elevated nutrient levels which lead to poor water quality. The City of Kimball and surrounding agricultural area drains, mostly untreated, into a trout stream which empties into the Clearwater River Chain of Lakes.
This project is Phase II of the Clear River Watershed District's plan to reduce nutrient loading and to protect high value recreational resources by managing stormwater. Shallow enhanced sand filtration/infiltration basins will be constructed to treat this water, recharge shallow groundwater and more closely mimic the areas natural hydrology. These changes will improve water quality and temperature in Willow Creek and reduce nutrient loading to downstream lakes.
The project will be done concurrently and in cooperation with the City of Kimball while they upgrade their street design. Green-street design will be incorporated into streets where possible. This creates the opportunity to optimize designs for both and minimize costs. The District will be working in full partnership with the City, the DNR and Stearns County to complete this project.
The 20-member BWSR board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. Members are appointed by the governor of the state of Minnesota consistent with Minnesota Statutes 103B.101. Board members at the time the grant was made were: County Commissioner Appointees: Quentin Fairbanks; Tom Loveall; Brian Napstad; Soil and Water Conservation District Appointees: Paul Langseth, Louise Smallidge and Bob Burandt; Watershed District or Watershed Management Organization Appointees: Gene Tiedemann, LuAnn Tolliver and Todd Foster; Citizen Appointees: Paul Brutlag ; Gerald Van Amburg; John Meyer; Cities & Townships: Sandy Hooker -Township; Christy Jo Fogarty -Metro City; Keith Mykleseth -Non-Metro City; Agency: Chris Elvrum - Minnesota Department of Health; Rebecca Flood - Pollution Control Agency; Tom Landwehr - Department of Natural Resources; Matt Wohlman - Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Faye Sleeper - Minnesota Extension Service;
Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Robert L. Sip -MDA Environmental Policy Specialist; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator; Nick Proulx -DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Norman R. Mofjeld -MDA Hydrologist P.G. Well Management Section;
(a) $13,750,000 the first year and $13,750,000 the second year are for pollution reduction and restoration grants to local government units and joint powers organizations of local government units to protect 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 (SSTS) projects and stream bank, stream channel, and shoreline restoration projects. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans.
Design and Construction - Lake Betsy, Scott Lake, Lake Louisa, Lake Marie, Lake Augusta, Lake Caroline, Clearwater Lake East and West, and the Clearwater River as it connects all the lakes and flows towards the Mississippi. Proposed Reductions: 118 lbs/year Phosphorus
This project resulted in an estimated reduction of 1175 lbs/yr of phosphorus and 1 ton/yr sediment (TSS).
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.