Whiskey Creek Enhancement Project
Accelerated Implementation Grant 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7
This project will result in a model and map of the 2,5 and 10 year floodplain of Whiskey Creek.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Whiskey Creek Watershed is the largest subwatershed in the Upper Red River of the North drainage, encompassing 165.63 square miles in Otter Tail and Wilkin Counties. This watershed contains the headwaters of the Red River of the North, which begins in far west central Wilkin County, an area of mixed residential and agricultural land use. The cities of Breckenridge, Minnesota and Wahpeton, North Dakota, as well as the small town of Kent are within the watershed. Land use is primarily cropland (86.6%) with much smaller percentages of developed land (5.3%), wetlands (4.1%), rangeland (2.3%), forest/shrub (0.9%), and open water (0.6%). Six different legal ditch systems utilizes the creek as an outlet for their drainage area. All six of these legal ditch systems have been retrofitted with water quality benefit BMP's that include side inlet structures and bufferstrips adjacent to the ditches utilizing previous Clean Water Funds. This project will map and model the 2,5 and 10 year floodplain of Whiskey Creek to establish vegetative bufferstrips for the floodplain of the creek and map other potential erosion control projects adjacent to the creek.