Jefferson German Watershed Phosphorus Reduction Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Le Sueur County SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2020
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Le Sueur
Le Sueur
Project Details

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.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 7(b) (BWSR Projects and Practices 2018)
Appropriation Language

$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.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Le Sueur County SWCD are: Alvin Dietz, Cletus Gregor, Earl Traxler, Glendon Braun, Jim Struck
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Le Sueur County SWCD
Street Address
181 West Minnesota Street
Le Center
Zip Code
507-357-4879 x3
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767