Lake Seven Watershed Exceptional Resource Protection
(a) $13,750,000 the first year and $13,750,000 the second year are for pollution reduction and restoration grants to local government units and joint powers organizations of local government units to protect 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 (SSTS) projects and stream bank, stream channel, and shoreline restoration projects. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans.
Install 15 preidentified bioretention and shoreland restoration projects. Engage community in peer to peer marketing to identify 15 additional potential projects. 10 of these additional sites will also be contracted, designed, and installed. - Lake Seven. Proposed Reductions: 6.42 Phosphorus lbs/year, 2.75 Sediment tons/year and 2.75 Temperature acre feet/year
This project resulted in an estimated reduction 2042.2 lb. of nitrate.
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.
Lake Seven is located in Otter Tail County and is a waterbody of statewide significance, often leading the north central hardwoods forest ecoregion in water clarity. Lake Seven has also been identified by DNR Fisheries staff as one of 77 refuge lakes with the potential to maintain tulibee populations into the future given sufficent watershed protection and the only one in Otter Tail County.
Through a lake management planning process Lake Six and Seven residents identified 15 locations where homeowners voluntarily wanted to reduce their impact on the lakes. The installation of these community identified water quality projects will reduce the volume of stormwater runoff entering the lakes from shoreland properties. Project installations will be supported by peer-to-peer citizen engagement efforts to foster further proactive lake protection planning and implementation activities. These activities leverage current water quality protection efforts and lead to the identification of other landowners willing to implement runoff and erosion reducing practices.
High resolution electronic data provides the opportunity to identify areas contributing the highest proportion of stormwater runoff into the lake and evaluate the positioning of the proposed practices. All proposed projects are within the directly contributing areas of the watershed and directly influencing the lake's water quality.
The 20-member BWSR board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. Members are appointed by the governor of the state of Minnesota consistent with Minnesota Statutes 103B.101. Board members at the time the grant was made were: County Commissioner Appointees: Quentin Fairbanks; Tom Loveall; Brian Napstad; Soil and Water Conservation District Appointees: Paul Langseth, Louise Smallidge and Bob Burandt; Watershed District or Watershed Management Organization Appointees: Gene Tiedemann, LuAnn Tolliver and Todd Foster; Citizen Appointees: Paul Brutlag ; Gerald Van Amburg; John Meyer; Cities & Townships: Sandy Hooker -Township; Christy Jo Fogarty -Metro City; Keith Mykleseth -Non-Metro City; Agency: Chris Elvrum - Minnesota Department of Health; Rebecca Flood - Pollution Control Agency; Tom Landwehr - Department of Natural Resources; Matt Wohlman - Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Faye Sleeper - Minnesota Extension Service;
Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Robert L. Sip -MDA Environmental Policy Specialist; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator; Nick Proulx -DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Norman R. Mofjeld -MDA Hydrologist P.G. Well Management Section;