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Ditch inventory and Inspection Database

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Sauk River WD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Appropriation Language

Soil Erosion and Drainage Law Compliance 2014

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Inspection plans created with funding will help to plan activities for minimum inspection requirements under 103E. The database will assist in management of follow-up regarding findings of these inspections. The database will allow efficient tracking and noticing of violations of the permanent perennial vegetation under 103E. The database will enable the District to provide a variety of reports including annual reporting of activities related to the drainage systems.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Sauk River WD are: Bob Mostad, Chub Hensley, Dan Coughlin, Jim Kral, Jim Rothstein, Larry Kuseske, Richard Raeker, Sharen Kutter, Virgil Rettig
Project Overview

The Sauk River Watershed District (SRWD) is the drainage authority for Stearns and Pope Counties. The SRWD manages 12 public drainage systems totaling over 90 miles. The majority of the public systems provide drainage for agricultural land uses and were constructed in the early 1900s.

The SRWD is currently developing a systemic approach to address all of the public drainage ditches on a schedule, creating better maintenance and repair schedules. As part of this systematic approach, the SRWD has a need for a standardized information management system for drainage activities. A database will allow for organization of information with standard document naming, efficient and timely updates to the information, public access to records and up-to-date tracking of drainage system proceedings including inspection status. Using the database, the SRWD will be able to schedule required drainage buffer inspections, track violations and determine follow-up procedures in a timely manner. The database will also be used to track and target areas which violate drainage law and update staff on current proceedings regarding those violations. As drainage systems are inspected, the database will track areas for potential best management practices for water quality, further enhancing the District's ability to both manage the public systems to provide drainage and enhance water quality of its resources.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sauk River WD
Street Address
524 4th St
Sauk Centre
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp