Elk River Targeted Bacteria Reduction

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Sherburne SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
April 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Elk River Watershed Association Joint Powers Board, via the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District, will utilize project funds to implement a pasture and manure management program which will provide technical and financial assistance to large animal/hobby farm owners. Staff will work with identified landowners to implement bacteria reduction best practices such as pasture renovation/management, riparian buffer strips, clean water diversions, vegetated buffer strips, and manure management including composting structures. Assistance will be most closely focused on those priority locations identified in the Elk River Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load and Implementation Plan.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

See http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/index.html and http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

See http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/index.html

Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
Appropriation Language

Projects and Practices 2014

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

We estimate that by implementation of up to 20 bacteria reduction practices, bacteria will be reduced by approximately 30 percent or 15,721,900 10^9 Colony Forming Units (CFUs) per year. This reduction will help to rectify the impairment which currently results in a recreational hazard. These practices will coincidentally also reduce levels of nutrients and sediment in the river working to improve water clarity which is adding to the turbidity impairment in the river . Should effectiveness monitoring indicate that bacteria levels are not meeting
standards at the end of the grant cycle (although the plan is to maintain the pasture and manure management program even after the grant term) the ERWA will continue to move forward with additional bacteria reduction activities identified in the ERWA TMDL such as working with the County to identify and upgrade leaking septic systems.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Sherburne SWCD are: David Berg, Douglas Hipsag, Jason Selvog, Jason Selvog, Larry Goenner, Roger Nelson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sherburne SWCD
Street Address
14855 Hwy 10
Elk River
Zip Code
763-241-1170 x 131
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767