Crow River Gully Stabilization to Reduce Turbidity

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

The Wright Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with the Crow River Organization of Water (CROW) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service on this comprehensive sediment reduction project to focus on stabilizing five of the most active gully erosion sites on the Crow River. A LiDAR study and follow up field inspection identified 15 priority sites within the study area. This particular area was chosen due to the high level of turbidity and low dissolved oxygen within this stretch of the Crow River.
This project will drastically reduce the amount of sediment, 226 tons per year, and phosphorus, 261 pounds per year, being exported from the targeted stretch of the Crow River by constructing grade stabilization structures at the headward eroding tops of these gullies. The installed practices will stop the gullies' advancement and thus help to heal the lower stretch over time. This project is targeting the upper one third of the area located in Wright County with the lower two thirds to be assessed for future projects while using the original five sites as examples for future potential project land owners.

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 260 pounds/year and Sediment by 226 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 311 lb. of phosphorus per year, 276 tons of sediment per year, and 509 tons of soil lost 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
Mark McNamara, Judith Kelly, Mike Zieska, Mary Wetter, Duane Dahlman
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Wright Soil and Water Conservation District
Street Address
311 Brighton Ave S, Suite C
Zip Code
(763) 682.1933
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767