Stormwater Re-use in the Bald Eagle Lake Watershed

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Rice Creek Watershed District and City of Hugo
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Bald Eagle Lake is a popular recreational lake known for its fishery on the Metropolitan Council's Priority Lakes List. The lake is negatively impacted by excess nutrients and restoring its water quality is a local priority.
This project will collect stormwater runoff from an approximately 900 acre area and re-use it to irrigate an existing golf course. This innovative project will provide a multitude of environmental benefits for Bald Eagle Lake including significant runoff volume reduction, groundwater recharge and phosphorus load reduction.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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;

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

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;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section 7
Appropriation Language

(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.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Reduce runoff volume to Bald Eagle Lake Reduce phosphorus loading to Bald Eagle Lake through construction and operation of stormwater re-use irrigation/infiltration system - Bald Eagle Lake Reduce use of groundwater for irrigation and increase infiltration/groundwater recharge through construction and operation of infiltration system - Bald Eagle Lake Proposed Reductions: 100-275 lbs/year Phosphorus

Measurable Outcome(s)

A stormwater reuse irrigation/infiltration system was constructed at Oneka Ridge Golf Course, providing the following estimated benefits:
1) Reduces stormwater runoff volume to Bald Eagle Lake by approximately 100 acre-feet per year.
2) Reduces phosphorus loading to Bald Eagle Lake by approximately 75 pounds per year.
3) Reduces annual use of groundwater for irrigation by 40% and increases groundwater recharge by approximately 100 acre-feet per year.

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rice Creek Watershed District
Street Address
4325 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE #611
Zip Code
(763) 398-3071
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767