Two Rivers Lake Watershed Drainage Inventory & Targeted Conservation Practices Plan

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Stearns SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
Appropriation Language

Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Targeted watershed analysis

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Stearns SWCD are: Chuck Uphoff, David Brinkman, David Weller, Larry Salzer, Tom Gregory
Project Overview

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.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Stearns SWCD
Street Address
110 2nd Street S
Waite Park
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp