Swan River Headwaters Clean Water Fund
Residents in the Swan River Watershed have become increasingly concerned with their surface water quality. In an effort to reduce excess sediments and pollutants from entering surface waters, the Todd Soil and Water Conservation District will be identifying land owners in priority areas and working with them to install best management practices on lakeshore properties and feedlots within the watershed.Planned projects include: shoreland stabilization and restoration, river and lake bank stabilization, storm water controls, native plantings and livestock waste management projects. Construction work on these projects will begin in the Spring of 2011 and will be completed by Winter 2012.The overall goal of this project is to improve water quality within the watershed and continue to keep the Swan River meeting state water quality standards. Success of this project will be measured by load reduction calculations and water quality data that is collected by the lake associations.
(c) $3,000,000 the first year and $3,000,000 the second year are for nonpoint source pollution reduction and restoration grants to watershed districts, watershed management organizations, counties, and soil and water conservation districts for grants in addition to grants available under paragraphs (a) and (b) to keep water on the land and to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams, and to protect groundwater and drinking water. 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. Up to five percent may be used for administering the grants. (2011 - Clean Water Assistance)
The overall goal of this project is to improve water quality within the watershed and continue to keep the Swan River meeting state water quality standards. Success of this project will be measured by load reduction calculations and water quality data that is collected by the lake associations.
A total of 18 best management practices were installed in the Swan River Watershed reducing BOD5 by 125 pounds and feedlot phosphorus by 5 pounds per year. In addition, there was a total of 15 shoreland practices installed preventing 6,665 gallons of storm water, 229 pounds of phosphorus, 635 tons of sediment entering four lakes in the watershed.