Lower Otter Tail River Gully Stabilization Project
$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.
According to the PTMapp, when all 20 gullies are stabilized, Sediment Load will be reduced by 850 tons per year, Total Phosphorus will be reduced by 786 pounds per year, and Total Nitrogen will be reduced by 168 pounds per year. The sediment reduction associated with this project is 12 percent of the 6,868 tons per year goal set by the Lower Otter Tail River TMDL plan.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation District will partner with the Buffalo Red River Watershed District and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to stabilize 20 high priority gullies contributing sediment to the turbidity impaired Lower Otter Tail River. When all 20 gullies are stabilized, sediment will be reduced by 850 tons per year, total Phosphorus will be reduced by 786 pounds per year, and total Nitrogen will be reduced by 168 pounds per year. The sediment reduction associated with this project is 12 percent of the 6,868 tons per year goal.