Jefferson German Watershed Phosphorus Reduction Project
$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 the second year are for grants 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 these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.
58% P reduction to the JG Chain. As identified in the TMDL and WRAPS, the chain needs 1,797 kg/yr reductions in external loading to meet water quality standards. The proposed project will provide up to 1,045 kg/yr reduction when fully completed.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Jefferson-German Chain of Lakes (JG) is impaired for aquatic recreation due to excess nutrients. The goal of this project is to reduce nutrient loading by 58% by implementing the top 14 high priority, economically feasible projects within the watershed. Projects include: installing water and sediment control basins, grade stabilization structures, 800 acres of cover crops and restoring two wetlands.