Crow River Gully Stabilization to Reduce Turbidity
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.
Please reference following link: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf
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;
Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7
Reduce Phosphorus by 260 pounds/year and Sediment by 226 tons/year.
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
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.