Upper South Branch BMP Strategic Implementation Plan - Part 2

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Buffalo-Red River Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview

Phase II of the Upper South Branch Project will continue a FY2011 CWF project with the strategic implementation of conservation practices within the Upper South Branch of the Buffalo River watershed. This second phase will result in approximately 305 acres of new filter strips, 50 side inlet sediment control structures, and 8 sediment control basins which will reduce sediment loading to the stream by 4,700 tons/year and phosphorus by 9,700 pounds/year.
This continued strategic implementation will require significant effort in landowner communication and coordination. In addition to the goals listed above, a project development goal of five miles of windbreaks, 700 acres of reduced tillage and 1000 acres of cover crops will be pursued which will have a positive impact on water quality in the project area by reducing sediment and nutrient loadings to the waterways. All of the South Branch of the Buffalo River is currently overloaded with sediment and is listed as impaired for turbidity.

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
Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in an estimated reduction of the sediment load by 2,911 tons 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
Gerald L. VanAmburg, Breanna L. Paradeis Kobiela, Curtis M. Nelson, Roger Ellefson, John E. Hanson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Buffalo-Red River Watershed District
Street Address
PO Box 341
Zip Code
(218) 354-7710
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767