Pomme de Terre River Watershed Best Management Practices - Phase II

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Pomme de Terre River Association
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Otter Tail
Big Stone
Otter Tail
Project Overview

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.

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
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)

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

Measurable Outcome(s)

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

Source of Additional Funds

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

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Pomme de Terre River Association
Street Address
12 Hwy 28 E Ste. 2
Zip Code
(320) 589-4886 x109
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767