Little Rock Lake / Mississippi River drawdown for water quality.

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$198,250
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Benton SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Proposed
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2020
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Benton
Stearns
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 7(b) (BWSR Projects and Practices 2018)
Appropriation Language

$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 the second year are for grants to protect and restore 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 projects and stream bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$198,250
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$198,250
Administration costs
$0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will draw the water down in the Mississippi River and Little Rock Lake, creating enhanced aquatic plant communities and reducing in lake sources of phosphorus by at least 589 pounds and sediment by 368 tons/year.

Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Members for Benton SWCD are: Bernard Thole, Bernie Peterson, Charles Rau, Joseph Jordan, Wade Bastian
Project Details

Little Rock Lake water quality problems have been severe. A Total Maximum Daily Load and implementation plan created a roadmap to improve water quality in the lake. Since 2013, over 70 Best Management Practices have been installed in the watershed. This project is the next phase and will draw the water down in the Mississippi River and Little Rock Lake for six weeks, creating enhanced aquatic plant communities and reducing in lake sources of phosphorus by at least 589 pounds. This public/private partnership between Eagle Creek Energy, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Little Rock Lake Association and Benton Soil and Water Conservation District has overwhelming support of the lake community.

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 x3
Email
gerry.maciej@mn.nacdnet.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer