Sand Creek & Prior Lake Spring Lake Wetland Restoration

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Scott Watershed Management Organization
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2011
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected
Project Overview

This goal of this project is improving water quality and expanding critical wildlife habitat by permanently restoring and enhancing wetlands in the Sand Creek and Prior/Spring Lake Watersheds. By making sign-up payments available through this grant, this project will restore or enhance 400 to 500 acres of wetlands moderating flows and improving water quality. The NRCS has committed $2.5 million through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), the Scott WMO $314,000, the PLSLWD $145,000, Rice SWCD $40,000, Le Sueur SWCD $40,000, and the Scott SWCD $75,000. Additional leveraged dollars are expected from landowners and a USEPA 319 grant.
Clean Water Funds together with match from the Scott SWCD and USEPA 319 grant funds will be used to offer a bonus for early enrollment. The goal is to get 60% of the sign-ups in the first two years of the project. The early bonus is $600 to $800 per cropped acre. This makes the program competitive, and similar to the RIM/WREP program where land owners are paid for a perpetual easement and then also receive additional funds to compensate for continuing tax liability and the loss of production. The bonus will be offered the first two years to correspond with the CWF funding cycle.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 6 (b)
Appropriation Language

(b) $2,800,000 the first year and $3,124,000 the second year are for grants to watershed districts and watershed management organizations for: (i) structural or vegetative management practices that reduce storm water runoff from developed or disturbed lands to reduce the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pollutants or to leverage federal funds for restoration, protection, or enhancement of water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and to protect groundwater and drinking water; and (ii) the installation of proven and effective water retention practices including, but not limited to, rain gardens and other vegetated infiltration basins and sediment control basins in order to keep water on the land. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a local match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans. Watershed district and watershed management organization staff and administration may be used for local match. Priority may be given to school projects that can be used to demonstrate water retention practices. Up to five percent may be used for administering the grants. (2011 - Runoff Reduction)

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goal is to get 60% of the sign -ups in the first two years of the project.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Eleven BMPs were installed (Restoration and Management of Declining Habitats) impacting 86.4 acres and resulting in an estimated reduction of 174.55 lbs/yr of phosphorus.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Scott County Watershed Management Organization
(952) 496-8054
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767