Stewart River Watershed Protection Project
The Stewart River is a state protected water and a Designated Trout Stream. In 2010, it was identified as a high priority watershed during the update of the Lake County Water Management Plan. The river empties into Lake Superior near the drinking water intake for the City of Two Harbors.
This project will restore five severely eroding streambank sites along a 1.5 mile reach of the Stewart River. Commitments have been secured from the five property owners, including the Lake County Highway Department, to complete the project.
Overall, these five projects will restore and stabilize the natural channel morphology and will contribute to stable stream channel conditions. The benefits include reduced sediment downstream, less sediment pollution into Lake Superior and protection of native riparian plant communities. Toe wood combined with rock stream vanes, will decrease bluff erosion and create beneficial fisheries habitat through the introduction of much needed woody debris. Finally, the project will protect and re-establish native vegetation in riparian areas.
The 20-member BWSR board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. Members are appointed by the governor of the state of Minnesota consistent with Minnesota Statutes 103B.101. Board members at the time the grant was made were: County Commissioner Appointees: Quentin Fairbanks; Tom Loveall; Brian Napstad; Soil and Water Conservation District Appointees: Paul Langseth, Louise Smallidge and Bob Burandt; Watershed District or Watershed Management Organization Appointees: Gene Tiedemann, LuAnn Tolliver and Todd Foster; Citizen Appointees: Paul Brutlag ; Gerald Van Amburg; John Meyer; Cities & Townships: Sandy Hooker -Township; Christy Jo Fogarty -Metro City; Keith Mykleseth -Non-Metro City; Agency: Chris Elvrum - Minnesota Department of Health; Rebecca Flood - Pollution Control Agency; Tom Landwehr - Department of Natural Resources; Matt Wohlman - Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Faye Sleeper - Minnesota Extension Service;
Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Robert L. Sip -MDA Environmental Policy Specialist; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator; Nick Proulx -DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Norman R. Mofjeld -MDA Hydrologist P.G. Well Management Section;
(a) $13,750,000 the first year and $13,750,000 the second year are for pollution reduction and restoration grants to local government units and joint powers organizations of local government units to protect 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 (SSTS) projects and stream bank, stream channel, and shoreline restoration projects. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans.
Liukkonen Streambank Project - Toe Wood Floodplain Bench, Stream Vanes, Critical Area Stabilization, Root Wads - Stewart RiverDreher Streambank Project - Toe Wood Floodplain Bench, Stream Vanes, Critical Area Stabilization, Root Wads - Stewart River. Lassonde Streambank Project - Toe Wood Floodplain Bench, Stream Vanes, Critical Area Stabilization, Root Wads - Stewart RiverLake County Highway Department Streambank Project - Toe Wood Floodplain Bench, Stream Vanes, Critical Area Stabilization, Root Wads - Stewart River. Seidel Streambank Project - Toe Wood Floodplain Bench, Stream Vanes, Critical Area Stabilization, Root Wads - Stewart River. Environmental Assessment Worksheet / DNR Protected Waters Permit / NPDES Storm Water Permit / Construction Easement / Land Use Permit - Stewart River Proposed Reductions: 480 Phosphorus lbs/year and 446 Sediment tons/year
This project achieved an estimated 480 lbs/yr phosphorus reduction and 446 tons/yr sediment (TSS) reduction.
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.