Lower Elk River Watershed Phase II Bacteria Reduction Grant
$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.
The proposed project would implement projects in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Priority Zone parcels between 2018 and 2020. The projects would focus upon bacteria reduction and thus include measures such as manure management or capture and pasture management. An outcome of this project would be successful establishment of 8 to 12 projects in the Priority Zones, mitigation of 30% relative to 2009 levels. The project would work towards an eventual impaired status delisting for the Elk River.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
A section of the Elk River was found to be impaired for bacteria, with 40% of all samples exceeding the State chronic standard. A Phase I project, completed in 2017, addressed six projects within Tier 1 & Tier 2 Priority Zones in close proximity to the Elk River. This project continues to implement Best Management Practices such as, livestock exclusion, pasture management, manure management, filter strips, and other practices within these two Priority Zones. It is anticipated that between 8 and 12 practices would be installed, resulting in a potential 30% reduction in bacteria.