Protecting the Clearwater River Watershed
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.
Please reference following link: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf
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;
Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7
Reduce Phosphorus by 625 pounds/year, Sediment by 665 tons/year and bacteria by 6 X 10^14 CFUs
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
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.