New Ways to Think About Streams and Floodplains

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Martin SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The objective of this project is to manage streambanks and floodplains along Elm Creek in Martin County in order to improve water quality and reduce erosion. Elm Creek flows into the Blue Earth River, which flows into the Minnesota River. Elm Creek is currently listed as impaired for fish bioassessments, turbidity, and fecal coliform.
The four projects will use site specific techniques and state of the art channel design. These projects include the addition of log and rock vanes as well as tree revetments and willow cuttings when needed. Instead of using rock riprap, this project will only place a minimal amount of rock at the toe of the slope for stability. The vanes reduce the velocity and energy during peak flows and redirect the current toward the center of the channel, which in turn reduces flooding, streambank erosion, and helps reduce phosphorus carrying sediment. One of the projects will redirect a small area from its current channel, which is straight and erosive, to a lengthier, meandering channel. These 4 projects will serve as a model for future projects because of the ideal locations and the vulnerable conditions of these sites.

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

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Reduce Phosphorus by 508 pounds/year and Sediment by 483 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 609 lb. of phosphorus per year, 591 tons per year of sediment and 583 tons of lost soil 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
Darwin Roberts, Judy Beckman, Jack Potter, Linda Meschke, Wendell Rode
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Martin SWCD
Street Address
923 North State Street, Suite 110
Zip Code
(507) 235-6680
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767