Reducing Sedimentation in Roseau River Watershed Ditch #3

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Roseau River Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The primary purpose of the project is to reduce soil loss from fields, improve the water quality of Roseau River Watershed District Ditch #3 by eliminating sediment deposition. This project will reduce maintenance costs along the ditch system by installing 29 sidewater inlets. The project will be a team effort with the Roseau County Soil and Water Conservation District and private landowners located along the ditch systems.
This project will reduce soil loss and sedimentation, improve the ditch system and reduce maintenance costs. The estimated amount of sedimentation that will be reduced along Roseau River Watershed District Ditch #3 is 406 tons per year.

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

Bill Thompson - MPCA Project Manager and Research Scientist; Sonia Maassel Jacobsen - Hydraulic Engineer, NRCS; Bruce Henningsgaard - Principal Engineer; William P Anderson - Principal Engineer; Greg Eggers - Drainage Engineer, MN DNR; Jim Solstad - Hydrologist 3; Allan M. Kean - Chief Engineer, BWSR; Adam Birr - Impaired Waters Technical Coordinator;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section 7
Appropriation Language

(d) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the second year are for technical assistance and grants for the conservation drainage program in consultation with the Drainage Work Group, created under Minnesota Statutes, section 103B.101, subdivision 13, that consists of projects to retrofit existing drainage systems with water quality improvement practices, evaluate outcomes, and provide outreach to landowners, public drainage authorities, drainage engineers and contractors, and others.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Project Outputs:Install 29 sidewater inlets- Roseau River (State Ditch #51)Proposed Reductions:16 lbs/year Phosphorus14 tons/year Sediment

Measurable Outcome(s)

Side Water Inlets were installed at 16 locations to reduce erosion, provide temporary detention, and eliminate sediment deposition along Laterals 2 & 3 of Watershed Ditch #3. Eight landowners were cooperators on this Project. The installed practices are expected to provide for the removal of 93 tons per year of sediment to the ditch system.

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
Roseau River Watershed District
Street Address
P.O. Box 26
Zip Code
(218) 463-0313
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767