Traverse County Ditch 17

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Bois de Sioux WD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Bois de Sioux Watershed District intends to begin a program to repair the legal ditches it owns and maintains for the purpose of improving water quality within the watershed and downstream receiving waters. The intent of this effort is to complete a pilot project to a legal ditch system that is in disrepair and use it as an example to educate landowners along other legal ditches on the importance of water quality. This pilot project consists of the construction of berms and side inlet culverts for sediment control along Traverse County Ditch #17 (TCD 17) and its single branch (B1) . This modification, also known as a retrofit, will be completed as a repair under MN Statues 103E.021, Subd. 6 which will ensure these erosion control features become a permanent part of the legal ditch. TCD 17 flows west to east and outlets into Twelve Mile Creek eight miles northeast of Wheaton, MN. Twelve Mile Creek flows north to the Mustinka River which ultimately enters Lake Traverse. Twelve Mile Creek and the Mustinka River have well documented issues regarding the exceedance of TMDL for turbidity, phosphorus, and overall poor biota. TCD 17 has a watershed of approximately 4.5 square miles, the land is used primarily for agricultural production. Berms and intercept culverts along legal ditch systems help to prevent sediment transport at the source and reduce turbidity downstream. The TCD 17 retrofit is aimed to be the first of many legal ditch retrofit projects within the BdSWD . By completing this retrofit it is estimated to reduce sediment loading by 340 tons/year and phosphorus loading by 700 lbs/year while working to restore and protect water resources for public use and public health.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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Advisory Group Members and Qualifications


Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Multipurpose Drainage Management 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

It is estimated that this project will result in sediment loading will be reduced by 340 tons per year and phosphorus loading reduced by 700 lbs per year .

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Bois de Sioux WD are: Allen Wold, Doug Dahlen, Jerome Deal, John Kapphahn, Kurt Erlandson, Linda Vavra, Ron Vold, Scott Gillespie
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bois de Sioux WD
Street Address
704 S Highway 75
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767