Redwood-Cottonwood River Sediment and Nutrient Reduction

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA)
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
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 6,834 pounds/year and Sediment by 5,942 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 3,741 lb. of phosphorus per year, 3,782 tons of sediment per year, and 3,738 tons of soil lost 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
Mark Meulebroeck, Dennis Potter, Norman Holmen, John Schueller, Clark Lingbeek, Paul Posthuma, Burton Kuehn, Louis Sherlin, Joyce LaBrune, Curt Blumeyer, Sunny Ruthchild, Bob Moline, Luke Johnson, Jack Vogel, Rodney Stensrud, Glen Sorensen
Project Overview

The Redwood River and Cottonwood River watersheds encompass approximately 2,020 square miles of southwestern Minnesota in the Minnesota River Basin. Land use in these watersheds is mostly agricultural and area geology makes them prone to erosion. Surface water issues within the two watersheds are a concern of local leaders. The counties and Soil and Water Conservation District leaders formed the Redwood Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) Joint Powers Board in 1983 to address sedimentation, water quality and quantity, and erosion issues.
The purpose of this project is to facilitate individual landowners with the installation of conservation practices within the Redwood and Cottonwood watersheds through planning and technical assistance activities. 50% cost-share funds will be available with the remainder to be paid through federal and landowner match. Implementing groundwater infiltration and phosphorus reducing conservation practices through new funded conservation practices will help achieve reductions necessary to meet goals set forth in local, watershed wide, and Minnesota River basin water plans. This project's anticipated goals are to reduce 3,417 tons of phosphorus and 5,942 tons of sediment reaching the Minnesota River, annually through implementation of ten water and sediment control basins, 9560' of grassed waterways, 2550' of stream bank protection, and six grade stabilization projects.

Project Manager
First Name
Douglas A.
Last Name
Organization Name
Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA)
Street Address
1241 E. Bridge Street
Redwood Falls
Zip Code
(507) 637-2142
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