Dodge Saturated Buffer Project Implementation

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Dodge SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

With 10 kg/acre/year of NO3 removal from a minimum 15 acre drainage area, planned projects should result in an estimated 150 kg/yr of NO3 removal each. An estimated 1,350 kg or 1.35 MT/yr are anticipated for the entire project.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Dodge SWCD are: Bill Thompson, David Livingston, Don Heser, Glenn Hahn, Larry Scherger
Project Overview

Nitrogen is a serious problem in Minnesota's Mississippi River Basin and the Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will address this problem through saturated buffers. Nitrates have been linked to adverse health effects, and nitrogen is the leading cause of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Agriculture drainage through the use of tile drainage systems have been identified as the number one leading source of nitrogen in the Mississippi River Basin. The Dodge SWCD is going to treat agriculture tile drainage systems with saturated buffers before they discharge into Minnesota's rivers, streams, and ditches. Agriculture tile drainage systems that are treated by saturated buffers effectively treat nitrogen in tile water, and saturated buffers are considered one the most cost effective treatments for nitrogen today. Through this grant the Dodge SWCD plans to install 9 saturated buffers, reducing an estimated 1.35 Metric Tons/year load from Minnesota's waters.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Dodge SWCD
Street Address
916 2nd St SE
Dodge Center
Zip Code
507-374-6364 x 3
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp