Minnesota's Legacy

Mayhew and Big Elk Lake Phosphorus Reduction Program

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Benton SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects installed by this grant will reduce phosphorus by approximately 6,846 lbs/yr, nitrogen by 303 lbs/yr, COD by 5,479 lbs/yr, and sediment by 7,938 tons/yr. When combined with other on-going and planned activities this will be a significant step towards the overall watershed goal.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 735 lb. of phosphorus per year, 794 tons of sediment per year, 1,389 tons of soil lost per year, and a significant reduction of bacteria entering the water resource of concern.

Source of Additional Funds


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

The Benton SWCD is applying to use Clean Water funds to work with livestock producers in implementing a variety of BMPs including, but not limited to cropland erosion control projects (water and sediment control basins, grade stabilization structures), extending buffers where appropriate to exceed state buffer laws, riparian pasture management and conversion to other uses, nutrient management and feedlot pollution control systems. Our goal is to reduce runoff from these sites and improve water quality within the Mayhew Lake and Big Elk Lake watersheds. The Mayhew Lake Nutrient TMDL (phosphorus) implementation plan has identified several sources of phosphorus as well as strategies and priority areas to reduce phosphorus inputs to the lake. Spring time phosphorus loading was identified as the primary area of concern. The Big Elk Lake TMDL places a high priority on upgrading feedlots with runoff problems. The implementation plan for both TMDLs recognizes the need to assess landowner interest and inventory, plan and design phosphorus reduction projects in high priority work areas, known as Tier 1 and Tier 2 zones. With the help of a BWSR Clean Water Legacy grant the Benton SWCD has spent the last three years working on these assessments. This was time well spent as we have identified numerous projects that will help meet both water quality goals and farmer goals. Many of the water quality projects have also been designed and are awaiting additional assistance. These Clean Water Legacy funds will provide the financial and technical assistance needed to install those projects and will continue assessing other farms in the high priority work areas.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Benton SWCD
Street Address
14 2nd Ave W
Zip Code
320-968-5300 x3
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp