Upper Iowa River Upland Restoration

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Mower Soil and Water Conservation District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

This project will restore a sub-watershed by implementing a treatment train of practices. There are 275 acres in this sub-watershed, located directly upstream of the Upper Iowa River. The topography lends itself to flashy stormwater events which leave their mark on the upland gully erosion and severely degraded streambank. The watershed operates as a funnel, bringing the high velocity water to a concentrated area and shooting it through the banks, rather than over. This has lead to a site which is void of vegetation and six streambank blowouts within a 300 foot area of streambank.
This project will treat the flow by constructing grass waterways in the upper reaches of the watershed and treat that water all the way down to the streambank. Directly adjacent to the streambank, an earthen structure will be built, to trap, treat and release the water back into the Upper Iowa at a responsible rate. The structure will fix and prevent future streambank blowouts. It will also treat and provide settlement for the upstream stormwater. This project captures the issues of a small watershed and fixes the problem through a series of strategically placed conservation methods.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07A 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Reduce Phosphorus by 91 pounds/year and Sediment by 58 tons/year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 201 lb. of phosphorus per year, 116 tons of sediment per year, 50 tons of soil lost per year

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Recipient Board Members
Rick Gehling, John Grass, Jr., Jon Erichson, Jim Gebhardt, Bill Lonergan, Jr.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mower SWCD
Street Address
1408 21st NW Ste #2
Zip Code
(507) 434-2603
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767