Middle Sauk River Protection 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.
This project will result in a reduction of approximately 380 tons of sediment and 385 pounds of phosphorus per year to the Sauk River by addressing stream bank erosion and overland field erosion.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
Current water quality data indicates that the middle reach of the Sauk River is near impairment conditions for turbidity and excessive nutrients. The goal of the Middle Sauk River Protection Project is to reduce nutrient and sediment loads by increasing the implementation of cover crops, field erosion control practices, and riparian restoration. This project will result in a reduction of approximately 380 tons of sediment and 385 pounds of phosphorus per year to the Sauk River by addressing stream bank erosion and overland field erosion.