Watonwan Watershed - Precision Targeting through Hydro-Conditioning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,280
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Brown
Cottonwood
Jackson
Martin
Watonwan
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Accelerated Implementation Grant 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,280
Other Funds Leveraged
$13,483
Direct expenses
$52,280
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will result in Geographic Information System (GIS) terrain analysis in subwatersheds of the Watonwan River watershed.

Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Members for Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance are: Clark Lingbeek, Cody Duroe, Daryl Tasler, Jeremy Nerem, Tom Muller
Project Overview

With the completion of LiDAR data in southern Minnesota, it is imperative to use this data as effectively as possible. In order to do so, the Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA) will contract with a vendor to complete a Geographic Information System (GIS) terrain analysis in subsheds of the Watonwan River watershed. This inventory will utilize the State of Minnesota LiDAR elevation datasets to create many GIS datasets by spatially analyzing the elevation data. Secondary datasets to be created include Critical Source Area, Specific Catchment Areas, Stream Power Index, Compound Topographic Index and Environmental Benefit Index. Multiple watershed maps to be developed will show priority ranking of best management practices and areas to target based on environmental sensitivity variables, such as slope, soil type, land use, distance to surface water, overland flow potential, stream gradient, bluffs and ravines, and erosion potential through this GIS analysis. This analysis will provide valuable data for future planning and prioritizing of projects when partnering with staff from Watonwan, Jackson, Martin, Cottonwood, Brown and Blue Earth counties, along with NRCS, SWCD, DNR, MPCA, and BWSR, and other partners. It will reveal opportunity areas to target to effectively and efficiently address the water quality impairments as listed on the MPCA 303(d) Impaired Waters List. The water quality impairments include excess turbidity, nutrients and bacteria, along with low dissolved oxygen. The precision conservation strategies involving LiDAR based DEM terrain analysis will prove its worth in future planning with conservation efforts tailored to the specific landscapes in the placement of practices within the critical source areas.

Project Manager
First Name
Kay
Last Name
Gross
Organization Name
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
Street Address
339 9th St
City
Windom
State
MN
Zip Code
56101
Phone
507-831-1153
Email
kay.clark@windomnet.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp