Lake Shaokatan and Yellow Medicine Sub-Watersheds Implementation Project
Lake Shaokatan and its 13.9 square mile watershed is the headwaters of Yellow Medicine River, which is one of the thirteen major watersheds in the Minnesota River and the largest watershed in Lincoln County. The primary land use is agriculture with the major crops being corn and soybeans. The trend for significant soil loss is due to the nature of the topography with the highest point in the Yellow Medicine Watershed in Lincoln County being 1,960 feet and the lowest being 1,160 feet, a drop of 800 feet in 25 miles.
The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the Yellow Medicine Watershed District will target project implementation in the watersheds of Lake Shaokatan, main stem and south branch of the Yellow Medicine River Watershed with identified surface water impairments. Currently, 20 projects and willing landowners are identified and scheduled to be surveyed, designed and ready for construction starting in the spring of 2013. Projects include 15-Water and Sediment Control Basins, one grade stabilization structure, one feedlot, seven wetland restorations, 50-acres filter strips and ten alternative intakes will be implemented to reduce pollutants and sediment by 360 tons and phosphorus by 516 pounds per year.
Please reference following link: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf
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;
Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7
Reduce Phosphorus by 475 pounds/year and Sediment by 360 tons/year.
This project resulted in estimated reductions of 867 lb. of phosphorus per year, 738 tons of sediment per year, 888 tons of soil lost per year
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.