Stormwater Runoff Improvement along the Clearwater River

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Red Lake County SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Red Lake
Red Lake
Project Overview

Stormwater along the Clearwater River add sediment, nutrients and organic material to this important tributary of the Red River of the North. Turbidity impairments caused by those sediments contribute to several environmental and economic problems including interfering with spawning habitat critical to Lake Sturgeon recovery in the Red River Watershed and increasing drinking water treatment costs for the city of East Grand Forks.
The Stormwater Runoff Improvement Project will be designed to manage the stormwater runoff from an impervious parking lot runoff, and roof runoff from a local church administration building and the church itself. Roof runoff from the administration building will be addressed through the installation of gutters and an outlet into a vegetated swale that improves water quality by infiltrating the first flush of storm water runoff and filtering the large storm flows they convey. The majority of annual precipitation comes from smaller rain events and the value of the swale comes from the filtrating and infiltrating nearly all of the stormwater runoff. A rain garden will treat the runoff from the parking lot and roof.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07A 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Reduce Sediment by 40 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The St. Joseph's Stormwater Runoff Project was completed in the fall of 2014. There were two rain gardens that were constructed to treat the runoff from the parking lot, and from the church and administrative building roofs. The project reduces sediment loading to the Clearwater River by 40 tons 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.

Recipient Board Members
David Miller, Mark LaCrosse, Orville Knott, David Bachand, Linda Mickelson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Red Lake County SWCD
Street Address
2602 Wheat Drive
Red Lake Falls
Zip Code
(218) 253-2593
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767