Skunk Creek Watershed Sediment Reduction
$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 the second year are for grants to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.
This project will reduce 226 tons of sediment per year from entering a sediment impaired stream, open 12.6 miles of a cold water trout stream previously unavailable for habitat, and stabilize soil erosion associated with the slumping stream bank.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Skunk Creek Watershed Sediment Reduction project addresses two major erosion problems on the Sediment Impaired Skunk Creek: Stabilize a slump area and remove a legacy structure causing very high erosion at the pipe outlet. In addition to reducing erosion, this project will reconnect coastal brook trout habitat to a naturally cold and healthy stream currently impassable due to the pipe structure. This project will reduce 226 tons of sediment per year, open 12.6 miles of a cold water trout stream, and stabilize soil erosion associated with the slumping stream bank.