Technical Assistance for Sauk River Watershed-Mississippi River Basin Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Sauk River Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2011
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 6 (b); Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 6 (i)
Appropriation Language

(i) $1,250,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for targeted nonpoint restoration technical assistance and engineering. At least 93 percent of this amount must be made available for grants. (2011 - Restoration Technical Assistance)

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Measurable Outcome(s)

Indicator Row 147 (Shoreland Improvement) or Row 150 (Runoff Reduction)

Project Overview

The Sauk River watershed was selected to participate in the federal Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) program in 2010 to decrease nutrient contributions to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. The MRBI program provides federal cost share funds to landowners to install conservation practices.
Unfortunately, the federal program does not provide sufficient funds for contacting landowners and designing projects. The Sauk River Watershed District's (SRWD) pursued Clean Water Funds to provide this technical assistance to area residents considering conservation practices. Technical staff will assist in selecting the most cost effective practice, develop a design plan and generate an operation and maintenance plan.
The MRBI program will address the nutrient and sediment loading concerns highlighted in the Getchell-Unnamed-Stony Creek TMDL, Sauk Lake TMDL, and the Sauk River Chain of Lakes TMDL. However, without technical assistance landowners are less likely to participate in the program. The goal of this project is to provide local residents an opportunity to make a difference in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico by guiding them through the implementation of their project and provide a long term perspective (management plan) to maximize project effectiveness.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
(320) 352-2231 x103
Competitive Grant Making Body
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp