Oak Glen Creek Stabilization

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Anoka Conservation District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Oak Glen Creek is immediately upstream of drinking water intakes for Minneapolis and St. Paul. When it rains, the runoff along Oak Glen Creek runs down bare soil cliffs that are 20 to 30 feet high, causing large amounts of sediment to erode into the creek and make its way to the Mississippi River. This corridor stabilization project will address multiple local and regional priorities and will benefit both cities source water projection efforts. Oak Glen Creek is also a part of the Mississippi River Critical Corridor and the project offers significant fish and wildlife habitat improvements.
The magnitude of the problem requires aggressive corrective measures. Grade stabilization cross vanes will be added to reduce in-stream erosion and direct flow to the center of the creek. Boulders will be placed at the toe of the slope on each side of the creek for the entire length of the channel. Where appropriate, the banks will be graded to a suitable slope and stabilized with erosion control fabrics and vegetation. Tree thinning and removal will allow sunlight to penetrate and promote the growth of new deep-rooted vegetation. It is estimated that this project will reduce sediment by 317 tons per year.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

The 20-member BWSR board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. Members are appointed by the governor of the state of Minnesota consistent with Minnesota Statutes 103B.101. Board members at the time the grant was made were: County Commissioner Appointees: Quentin Fairbanks; Tom Loveall; Brian Napstad; Soil and Water Conservation District Appointees: Paul Langseth, Louise Smallidge and Bob Burandt; Watershed District or Watershed Management Organization Appointees: Gene Tiedemann, LuAnn Tolliver and Todd Foster; Citizen Appointees: Paul Brutlag ; Gerald Van Amburg; John Meyer; Cities & Townships: Sandy Hooker -Township; Christy Jo Fogarty -Metro City; Keith Mykleseth -Non-Metro City; Agency: Chris Elvrum - Minnesota Department of Health; Rebecca Flood - Pollution Control Agency; Tom Landwehr - Department of Natural Resources; Matt Wohlman - Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Faye Sleeper - Minnesota Extension Service;

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Robert L. Sip -MDA Environmental Policy Specialist; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator; Nick Proulx -DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Norman R. Mofjeld -MDA Hydrologist P.G. Well Management Section

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section 7
Appropriation Language

(a) $13,750,000 the first year and $13,750,000 the second year are for pollution reduction and restoration grants to local government units and joint powers organizations of local government units to protect 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 (SSTS) projects and stream bank, stream channel, and shoreline restoration projects. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Stabilization of the Oak Glen Creek Corridor Proposed Reductions: 317 tons/year Sediment

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Oak Glen Corridor was stabilized resulting in a sediment reduction of approximately 315 tons per year and a phosphorus reduction of 507 pounds per year.

Source of Additional Funds

Can be Federal, Local and Private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Anoka Conservation District
Street Address
1318 McKay Drive
Ham Lake
Zip Code
(763) 434-2030 x13
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767