Using Native Grasses to Reduce Runoff - A Continuation
Deteriorating water quality of Sand Creek and some of its tributaries are.linked to inorganic sediment from field erosion and channel instability. This project continues a successful 2010 Clean Water Fund effort that addresses turbidity and sediment by targeting select subwatersheds for the conversion of row crops to native grasses.
A long-term strategy is to reduce runoff in Sand Creek. Alternative grass crops have been identified as one of the conservation practices to promote. This will be done by offering incentive and cost share payments for the establishment of native grass on land that is currently row cropped. This will reduce sediment and phosphorus, moderate water flows and benefit numerous lakes in the Sand Creek Watershed, Sand Creek, Louisville Swamp and the Minnesota River.
The 20-member BWSR board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. Members are appointed by the governor of the state of Minnesota consistent with Minnesota Statutes 103B.101. Board members at the time the grant was made were: County Commissioner Appointees: Quentin Fairbanks; Tom Loveall; Brian Napstad; Soil and Water Conservation District Appointees: Paul Langseth, Louise Smallidge and Bob Burandt; Watershed District or Watershed Management Organization Appointees: Gene Tiedemann, LuAnn Tolliver and Todd Foster; Citizen Appointees: Paul Brutlag ; Gerald Van Amburg; John Meyer; Cities & Townships: Sandy Hooker -Township; Christy Jo Fogarty -Metro City; Keith Mykleseth -Non-Metro City; Agency: Chris Elvrum - Minnesota Department of Health; Rebecca Flood - Pollution Control Agency; Tom Landwehr - Department of Natural Resources; Matt Wohlman - Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Faye Sleeper - Minnesota Extension Service;
Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Robert L. Sip -MDA Environmental Policy Specialist; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator; Nick Proulx -DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Norman R. Mofjeld -MDA Hydrologist P.G. Well Management Section;
(a) $13,750,000 the first year and $13,750,000 the second year are for pollution reduction and restoration grants to local government units and joint powers organizations of local government units to protect surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) projects and stream bank, stream channel, and shoreline restoration projects. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans.
Establish 25 acres of native grasses for runoff, sediment and phosphorus reduction - Sand Creek Proposed Reductions: 12 acre-feet/year Hydrology, 26 lbs/year Phosphorus and 27 tons/year Sediment
Phosphorus was reduced by 789 pounds per year, sediment by 564 tons per year, and runoff volume by 31 acre-feet per year. The above reductions came from the installation of 22 acres of filter strips and 49 acres of native grasses.
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.