Cormorant Lakes Prioritized Erosion and Sediment Reduction

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Cormorant Lakes Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

In an attempt to protect existing exceptional lake and wetland resources, the Cormorant Lakes Watershed District (CLWD) is proactively implementing erosion and sediment control practices. At the present time, since none of the lakes are impaired but development pressure is increasing, a non-degradation strategy is necessary to ensure the desired long-term water quality in the District's lakes.
A LIDAR-based terrain analysis completed in 2010 and 2011 provides for strategic prioritization of sites for project installation. The proposed project will include field reconnaissance to verify the results of the terrain analysis, working with landowners and contractors to install practices on properties. Long term benefits of reduced sediment, 175 tons per year, and nutrient loads, 200 pounds of phosphorus per year, to the lakes in the CLWD should help to maintain or improve water quality. This project is the first of a multi-phase effort to address all significant sediment sources in the CLWD.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07A 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Reduce Phosphorus by 200 pounds/year and Sediment by 175 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 645 lb. of phosphorus per year, 33 tons per year of sediment and 561 tons of lost soil per year

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Recipient Board Members
Ellis Peterson, Jeff Moritz, Gene Olson, Jody Beaudine, Orvis Olson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cormorant Lakes Watershed District
Street Address
10929 County Highway 5
Pelican Rapids
Zip Code
(701) 499-2055
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767