Rice Lake Targeted Stormwater Reductions To Meet TMDL Goals

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$243,750
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Stearns SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
May 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Stearns
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
Appropriation Language

Projects and Practices 2014

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$243,750
Other Funds Leveraged
$81,250
Direct expenses
$243,750
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.18
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Stearns County Pollutant Loading Model

Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Members for Stearns SWCD are: Chuck Uphoff, David Brinkman, David Weller, Larry Salzer, Tom Gregory
Project Overview

Rice Lake, in Stearns County, is an impaired water for nutrients that has a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation plan developed. Rice Lake is one of the larger lakes in the county, offering major water recreation opportunities, economic benefits as well as fish and wildlife habitat. It is a priority for Stearns County to implement projects that have positive impacts on this resource.

In a preliminary analysis, a subwatershed area adjacent to Rice Lake was prioritized using already developed modeling information dating back to 2005. With the Rice Lake TMDL implementation plan ongoing, this area is a target for restoration projects and a place to have measurable results. The Stearns County Environmental Services Department (ESD) and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), through the Comprehensive Water Management Plan, developed a Pollutant Loading Model (PLM) in 2005 for riparian lot development. The PLM determines the amount of sediment and phosphorus discharged from each particular riparian lot into the adjacent lake or river, and also determines the size of Best Management Practice (BMP) needed to mitigate for development. The PLM has calculated pollution inputs and associated BMPs that will mitigate for impervious surface impacts. With the PLM information already in place, and targeted implementation, Rice Lake water quality will improve as part of the TMDL restoration efforts.

Project Manager
First Name
Dennis
Last Name
Fuchs
Organization Name
Stearns SWCD
Street Address
110 2nd Street S
City
Waite Park
State
MN
Zip Code
56387
Phone
320-251-7800
Email
dennis.fuchs@mn.nacdnet.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
NO
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp