Ripley Nitrogen Reduction Implementation

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Dodge SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
February 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Multipurpose Drainage Management 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Six nitrogen reducing projects will be installed through this grant, reducing an estimated 1,590 pounds of Nitrogen per year from the waters in the Zumbro River Watershed.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Dodge SWCD are: Bill Thompson, David Livingston, Don Heser, Glenn Hahn, Larry Scherger
Project Overview

Nitrogen is a serious problem in Minnesota's Mississippi River Basin and the Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) plans to address this problem through the instillation of six nitrogen reducing agricultural best management practices in the Dodge/Steele Joint County Ditch No. 11 system, also known as the Ripley Ditch system. Agriculture drainage, through the use of agricultural tile drainage systems, has been identified as the number one leading source of nitrogen in the Mississippi River Basin. The Ripley Ditch System is heavily tiled and models have shown it to be a major source of nitrogen in the Zumbro River Watershed. The Nitrate form has been linked to adverse health effects, while nitrogen is widely known as the leading cause of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Through this grant the Dodge SWCD, partnering with Dodge County, plans to treat agriculture tile drainage systems draining to the Ripley Ditch System through the installation of 6 nitrogen reducing projects, reducing an estimated 1,590 lbs./year from the waters in the Zumbro River Watershed.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Dodge SWCD
Street Address
916 2nd St SE
Dodge Center
Zip Code
507-374-6364 x 3
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp