Lake Shaokatan and Yellow Medicine Sub-Watersheds Implementation Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Lincoln SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

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.

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 07A 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)

Reduce Phosphorus by 475 pounds/year and Sediment by 360 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

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

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
John Boulton, Joe Weber, Conrad Schardin, Daniel Christianson, and Glen Sorensen
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lincoln SWCD
Street Address
328 E George St
Zip Code
(507) 694-1630
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767