Lac qui Parle Yellow Bank Watershed Terrain Analysis

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Yellow Medicine
Lac qui Parle
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview

The Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District will contract with the Water Resource Center at the Minnesota State University in Mankato to complete a Geographic Information System (GIS) terrain analysis for the watershed. It will concentrate on the impaired reaches of the Lac qui Parle and Yellow Bank Rivers and tributaries. This inventory will utilize LiDAR elevation datasets to create many GIS datasets by spatially analyzing the elevation data. Multiple watershed maps will be developed and will show priority ranking of conservation practices and areas to target based on environmental sensitivity variables.
This analysis will provide valuable data for future planning and prioritizing of projects when partnering with Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Natural Resource Conservation Service offices. The precision conservation strategies involving LiDAR based DEM terrain analysis , will prove its worth in future planning with conservation efforts tailored to the specific landscapes and in the placement of practices within the critical source areas.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07B 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. Create a LiDAR dataset that can be used to develop accurate hydrologic characteristics of the watershed. 2. Assess existing watershed conditions and identify critical source areas using Stream Power Index, the Compound Topographic Index, and Environmental Benefit Index 3. Share results with each county

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Recipient Board Members
Darrel Ellefson, David Ludvigson, John Cornell, Willis Beecher, David Craigmile, Steve Torvik
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District
Street Address
600 6th Street, Suite # 7
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767