Otter Tail River Streambank Restoration and Protection
Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7
Proposed measurable outcomes TBD
This project resulted in an estimated annual reduction of 1870 lbs of phosphorus and 1815 tons of sediment.
This restoration and protection project will reduce the loading of sediment to the Otter Tail River by 440 tons/year. This is about 6.5% of the total reduction needed to meet the goals of the Lower Otter Tail TMDL Implementation Plan. The Otter Tail River downstream of Orwell Dam is impaired due to sediment, with stream bank erosion being the primary contributor. This stream bank restoration will include the installation of woody toe debris benches and the installation of a vegetated slope along a 1,400 foot reach of the river. In addition to the stream bank restoration, a permanent 100 foot wide buffer strip will be established to native grasses along the entire project. The project will be completed in partnership between the Wilkin SWCD, the Buffalo Red River Watershed District and the landowner. When completed, this project will make a significant impact of reducing sediment loading to the Otter Tail River and help meet the goals of the TMDL Plan.