Mustinka River TMDL Advanced Turbidity Reduction Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Bois de Sioux Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Otter Tail
Big Stone
Otter Tail
Project Overview

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.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

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;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07A 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Reduce Phosphorus by 90 pounds/year and Sediment by 90 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Recipient Board Members
Jason Beyer, Doug Dahlen, Don Davenport, Jerome Deal, Scott Gillespie, John Kapphahn, Linda Vavra, Ronald Vold, Dennis Zimbrick
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bois de Sioux Watershed District
Street Address
704 S Highway 75
Zip Code
(320) 563-4185
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767