Little Rock Creek Irrigation Management Continuation

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$79,400
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Benton SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
April 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Benton
Morrison
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
Appropriation Language

Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$79,400
Other Funds Leveraged
$19,850
Direct expenses
$79,400
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.82
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Funds will be used to hire a watershed technician, and soil water holding capacity testing will assist with irrigation scheduling. Proposed measurable outcomes include increased soil water holding capacity, with an estimated water use reduction of reduction of one acre-foot/year.

Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Members for Benton SWCD are: Bernard Thole, Charles Rau, Joseph Jordan, Phillip Grosland, Wade Bastian
Project Overview

Little Rock Creek, a cold-water trout stream in central Minnesota, is impaired due to the lack of trout and other cold water fish. The trout are absent because of high water temperatures, low dissolved oxygen and high nitrate levels, stressors caused from a lack of base flow and overuse of groundwater. This project continues a 2011 initiative to assist irrigators in the Little Rock Creek groundwater recharge area with managing the timing and amount of irrigation applied to their crops. This will reduce overuse of groundwater, reduce potential nitrate leaching, and restore high quality cool base flow to the stream. This will be accomplished by evaluating the uniformity and function of the irrigation systems, providing one-on-one technical assistance with irrigation scheduling, collecting and reporting daily evapotranspiration rates for use by all irrigators, and conducting soil water holding capacity tests to assist with weekly soil moisture monitoring during the irrigation season. New irrigators will be targeted for this assistance. Irrigation scheduling assistance will be offered to irrigators for up to three years for each crop that is irrigated.

Project Manager
First Name
Gerry
Last Name
Maciej
Organization Name
Benton SWCD
Street Address
14 2nd Ave W
City
Foley
State
MN
Zip Code
56329
Phone
320-968-5300
Email
gerry@soilandwater.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp