Pomme de Terre River Watershed Best Management Practices - Phase II
The Pomme de Terre River watershed is located in west central Minnesota and occupies a portion of six counties. For many years surface water quality within the watershed has been a concern to local government. In 1982 the Pomme de Terre River Association Joint Powers Board was formed to begin addressing this issue. In 2002 the Pomme de Terre River was placed on the Impaired Waters list for turbidity. This project is a continuation of a 2011 Clean Water Fund project.
The project partners are collaborating to improve surface water quality within the watershed. The goal of the project is to promote and assist individual landowners with the installation of practices such as: buffer strips, wetland restoration, rain gardens, shoreland restoration, and water and sediment control basins.
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;
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;
(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.
Pasture incentives - 1 project of 55 acres in Swift county. - Pomme de Terre River watershed Shoreline Stabilization/restoration - 1 project on the Pomme de Terre river - Pomme de Terre River watershed. Wetland Restoration - 925 acres of wetland restoration and associated upland buffer - Pomme de Terre River watershed. Buffers - 930 acres of vegetated buffer on rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands. - Pomme de Terre River watershed. Proposed Reductions: 18,411 lbs/year Phosphorus and 18,411 tons/year Sediment
Pasture incentives 2 projects completed for a total of 33 acres excluded- Pomme de Terre River Watershed
Water and Sediment Control Basins 14
Basins were installed in the Pomme de Terre Watershed within Grant County, MN
Conservation Cover 138.6 acres were
enrolled into the State RIM Easement Program (Otter Tail County, MN) with incentive dollars from the 2012 CWF Grant
Stream bank & Shore land Restorations 4 shore land and stream bank buffers were installed within the Pomme de Terre Watershed. Including the Mill Dam Stream Barbs installed in Morris, MN
Wetland Restoration 899 acres of wetland restorations and associated upland buffers were enrolled into federal programs within the Pomme de Terre Watershed
Buffers 850 acres of vegetated buffers on rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands were enrolled into federal programs within the Pomme de Terre Watershed
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.