FY20 CWF Middle Creek at Highview Avenue Streambank and Grade Stabilization Project
(b) $16,000,000 the first year and $16,000,000 the second year are for grants to local
government units to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream
bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of this money may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units. Up to 20 percent of this appropriation is available for land-treatment projects and practices that benefit drinking water. (Projects and Practices 2020)
The project will result in a reduction of 63 tons of TSS and 38 pounds of phosphorus per year. A reduction in TSS, a biotic stressor identified in the Vermillion River TMDL, will result in improvements in the biological community.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
Middle Creek, a tributary to the Vermillion River in the City of Lakeville, MN, has been negatively impacted by previous agricultural practices. As a result, Middle Creek has significant bank erosion and stream channel incision that is resulting in increased sediment in the creek water and an impact on biological communities. The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO), in partnership with the City of Lakeville, plans to stabilize approximately 5,000 feet of eroding streambanks using approximately 1,100 feet of bank toe stabilization, 500 feet of bank armoring, and 3,400 feet of bank grading/stabilization and install 23 grade control features within the stream channel to address existing erosion problems. The project will result in less sediment-laden water and healthier biological communities in Middle Creek and the Vermillion River. Healthier biological communities will help to address the biotic impairments within the Vermillion River.