Protecting the Clearwater River Watershed

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

Turbidity and E.coli impairments characterize the Clearwater River Watershed and its sub-watersheds. Focused protective efforts in this watershed have helped, but more work is vitally needed to further improve the quality of water. Several recent studies on the Clearwater River watershed and its sub-watersheds, Lost River and Silver Creek will be used to direct the work.
In partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Red Lake Watershed District, buffers will be installed on strategic riparian sites throughout this watershed. Landowner participation will be supported with incentive payments upon project completion. Along with other prospective sites, an additional 15 total acres of buffer will be established. Annually these buffers will prevent 36 tons of sediment, 97 pounds of phosphorus and 6.0E*14 cfu of e-coli from contaminating the watershed. Working closely with the RLWD, 3 miles of a public drainage ditch (JD 72) in desperate need of buffers and channel and bank stabilization has been identified. These buffers will be protected by perpetual easements where possible, maximizing their long-term benefit. Head-cutting and bank failure jeopardize the safety of a county road and erode field edges. Implementing buffers, protecting right-of-ways and stabilizing this ditch will save 100 tons of sediment and 153 pounds of phosphorous from the Clearwater River.

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

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Reduce Phosphorus by 625 pounds/year, Sediment by 665 tons/year and bacteria by 6 X 10^14 CFUs

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 29 lb. of nitrogen per year, 334 lb. of phosphorus per year, 215 tons of sediment per year, and 33 tons of soil loss 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
Alroy Lewis, Harlan Strandlien, Paul Rydeen, Leonard Stinar, John Gunvalson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Clearwater SWCD
Street Address
312 Main Ave N, Suite 3
Zip Code
(218) 694-6845
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767