Mustinka River TMDL Advanced Turbidity Reduction Project
The Mustinka River winds through five counties in west central Minnesota and empties into Lake Traverse, a border waters lake with excellent fishing and recreational opportunities. For several years, sections of the river have been negatively impacted from too much soil/sediment eroding from the land and washing away into the water. Excess sediment degrades aquatic habitat and feeds algae blooms. This project continues a 2012 Clean Water Fund collaborative effort to develop a plan to reduce the amount of sediment washed into the river.
Implementing conservation practices on agricultural land will annually reduce a total of 12,727 tons of sediment and 12,727 pounds of phosphorus loading into the Mustinka River. Several high priority projects will be constructed including three sediment control basins for Randy Island and one sediment basin for three local landowners in Grant County. This project includes staff time and resources for project development and promotion of an estimated 1,680 acres of buffers and 126 acres of wetland restorations within the project area. In addition, one-on-one technical assistance will be provided to landowners for the enrollment of at least 48 contracts with a total of 480 acres of Continuous CRP buffers and 18 contracts with a total of 368 acres of wetland restorations within the entire project area.
Please reference following link: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf
Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;
Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7
Reduce Phosphorus by 90 pounds/year and Sediment by 90 tons/year.
The project resulted in estimated reductions of 996 lb. of phosphorus per year, 994 tons of sediment per year, and 995 tons of soil loss per year.
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.