Two Rivers Lake Watershed Drainage Inventory & Targeted Conservation Practices Plan
Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014
Targeted watershed analysis
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Two Rivers Watershed is listed as a high priority in the Stearns County Comprehensive Water Management Plan. This project will inventory the existing public drainage systems and develop a targeting program to measure, prioritize and target the factors causing the water quality problems of Two Rivers Lake (impaired for nutrients) in Stearns County. With public access and a county park on the lake, it is a destination for fisherman in the area.
The majority of the 39,400 acre watershed is agricultural land with highly modified surface and subsurface drainage. The existing 13 miles of public drainage systems will be inventoried. Ditches will be walked and evaluated for existing buffers, active erosion, sedimentation concerns and potential conservation practice sites. A high resolution water quality model will also be created using terrain, land use, precipitation data, soils, wetlands, etc. to prioritize water storage and treatment opportunities within the watershed.
After identifying and prioritizing targeted sites through this planning and modeling process, the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District will contact and work with landowners to discuss potential options to address identified problems. Creating a detailed drainage system database with targeted critical source areas will assure that future implemented projects are effective towards meeting State water quality standards for Two Rivers Lake.