Lower Elk River Watershed Phase II Bacteria Reduction Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Sherburne SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2020
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Details

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.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer

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
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Sherburne SWCD are: Douglas Hipsag, Jason Selvog, Jason Selvog, Jason Selvog, Larry Goenner, Roger Nelson, Shane Berg
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sherburne SWCD
Street Address
14855 Hwy 10
Elk River
Zip Code
763-241-1170 x 131
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767