Redwood-Cottonwood River Watersheds Prioritization Targeting Tool

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
In Progress
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07B 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)

1. Create a LiDAR dataset that can be used to develop accurate hydrologic characteristics of the watershed. 2. Assess existing watershed conditions and identify critical source areas using Stream Power Index, the Compound Topographic Index, and Environmental Benefit Index 3. Generate Priority Area Maps

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
Norman Holmen, Mark Meulebroeck, Jack Vogel, John Schueller, Glen Sorensen, Dennis Potter, Bob Moline , Clark Lingbeek, Curt Blumeyer, Paul Posthuma, Luke Johnson,Joyce LaBrune, Sunny Ruthchild, Louis Sherlin, Burton Kuehn, Rodney Stensrud
Project Overview

The Redwood and Cottonwood River Watersheds have been assessed and many reaches have been impaired for turbidity, bacteria, and low dissolved oxygen. This project will accelerate conservation efforts to reduce overland runoff sediment, bacteria, and nutrient loadings contributing to water quality impairments in targeted subwatersheds.
Activities through this project seek to create a suite of maps showing focus areas based on environmental sensitivity variables through Geographic Information System analysis using precision LIDAR data. This analysis will be applied to create maps and datasets for distribution to partners in an effort to expedite funding to accelerate project implementation in the highest priority targeted areas of the Redwood and Cottonwood watersheds. Another goal of the project is to provide a means for organizational partners for prioritizing and targeting areas for future funding and restoration addressing pollutant reduction goals.

Project Manager
First Name
Douglas A.
Last Name
Organization Name
Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area
Street Address
1241 East Bridge Street
Redwood Falls
Zip Code
507-637-2142, ext. 4
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