Minnesota's Legacy

Dobbins Creek Watershed Restoration

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Cedar River Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2011
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 6 (b)
Appropriation Language

2011 - Runoff Reduction

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Measurable Outcome(s)

Three projects were completed. All of the projects together will result in over 30 tons of sediment removal per year.

Project Overview

In the summer of 2011, conservation practices were installed in the upper reaches of Dobbins Creek to stabilize eroding stream banks. We contracted with the non-profit Minnesota Conservation Corps to assist with the labor. The crew worked efficiently, the weather cooperated perfectly, and the project came together exactly as planned. The banks of Dobbins Creek were armored with native cedar trees and anchored to the banks. Once the project was complete, we cut the side slopes back to reduce future erosion in the newly protected banks. The site was seeded and matted to assure that the final project had adequate stability once vegetation was established.
This was a new conservation practice for the staff and the community. Because of this, it generated significant media coverage from the local newspaper and television stations, broadening the public outreach and knowledge of water management in the area.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cedar River Watershed District
(507) 434-2603
Competitive Grant Making Body
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp