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Benton SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source

This project targets nutrient reductions within the Mayhew and Big Elk Lake watersheds. The Benton Soil and Water Conservation District will work with farmers in implementing a variety of conservation practices including, but not limited to cropland erosion control projects, riparian pasture management, and nutrient management and feedlot pollution control systems. These strategies were identified through Total Daily Maximum Load Studies.

Benton
Sherburne
Recipient
Elk River Watershed Association
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,500
Fund Source

A completed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study has identified mid to late summer phosphorus loading as a significant stressor to lakes and streams within the Big Elk Lake watershed. While this comprehensive study serves its role as the unifying document that identifies pollutants and sources, further work is required in order to develop site-specific Best Management Practices, design these practices, and oversee their implementation in order to reach clean water goals.

Benton
Sherburne
Recipient
Benton SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,600
Fund Source

The Benton County Water Plan advisory committee has the goal of protecting groundwater resources in Benton County. One of the methods identified is to seal unused wells. In 2013, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District completed an aggressive campaign to identify unused wells. We used several sources to locate potential wells, completed site visits for many wells and collected site information to assisting in prioritizing limited cost share resources.

Benton
Recipient
Metropolitan Council-Environmental Services
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$405,500
Fund Source

This project will provide condition monitoring and problem investigation monitoring at the following sites.
Mississippi River: Tributaries include Bassett Creek, Cannon River, Crow River, and Minnehaha Creek.
Minnesota River: Tributaries include Eagle Creek,Riley Creek, and Valley Creek tributary to the St. Croix River

Anoka
Benton
Carver
Chisago
Dakota
Hennepin
Isanti
Le Sueur
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Nicollet
Pine
Ramsey
Renville
Rice
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
Stearns
Washington
Wright
Recipient
Becker SWCD
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$254,897
Fund Source

With over 500 public water lakes in Becker County, we are blessed with abundant and diverse lake resources that, like those of much of lake country, are at risk of degradation due to increasing development pressures, redevelopment of non-conforming lots, rising stormwater runoff and land use changes within their watersheds.

Becker
Recipient
City of Elk River
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$285,087
Fund Source

Great River Energy (GRE) operates a power plant in the City of Elk River which generates electricity by incinerating municipal solid wastes. The plant is located proximate to the City of Elk River wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). This project will result in a corresponding reduction of groundwater use by GRE.

Sherburne
Recipient
Sherburne SWCD
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$70,005
Fund Source

The funds requested will provide Big Lake Township with the technical and financial assistance necessary to retrofit up to six locations for stormwater treatment practices within the direct drainage area of Birch Lake, an impaired water body which is very close to meeting state standards. The projects have been identified as high priority in several water quality plans including a TMDL, a subwatershed assessment, the County Water Plan and the Mississippi River (St. Cloud) WRAPS.

Sherburne
Recipient
Crow Wing SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will engage citizen and nonprofit groups to enhance, improve, and protect Crow Wing County (CWC) lakes and rivers. To do this, the SWCD will partner with the University of Minnesota Extension, MN DNR, CWC, nonprofits, and lake associations to implement a mini grant program and provide grant funds to 20 community groups.

Crow Wing
Recipient
Crow Wing SWCD
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will partner with citizen groups and nonprofit groups to complete projects to reduce stormwater runoff and retain water on the land in Crow Wing County's (CWC) 125 minor watersheds. The SWCD will implement a mini grant program and provide competitive grant funds to an anticipated 12 groups. This project will also address CWC Water Plan priorities one, two, and six, which involve stormwater management and sediment control, shoreline buffers, and agriculture best management practices.

Crow Wing
Recipient
Crow Wing SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) proposes to partner with citizen groups and nonprofit groups to complete projects that will reduce polluted runoff and keep water on the land in Crow Wing County's (CWC) 125 minor watersheds. To do this, the SWCD will implement a mini grant program and provide competitive grant funds to an anticipated 12 groups. Citizens groups will use their innovation and creativity to apply for project funds through the SWCD.

Crow Wing
Recipient
Sherburne SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$86,250
Fund Source

The Briggs Lake Chain Association (BLCA) is one of Sherburne County's most proactive lake associations. This sub-grant will provide for approximately 20-30 stormwater reduction best management practices on strategically targeted parcels previously identified as contributing to degraded water quality through Total Maximum Daily Loads, aerial lakeshore analysis and site-reviews conducted by the BLCA.

Sherburne
Recipient
Area 4 - Metropolitan SWCDs Technical Service Area
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source

Once thought to have an essentially inexhaustible groundwater supply, Minnesotans are now realizing our rates of use are regionally unsustainable. Recent advanced modeling by the MN DNR and Metropolitan Council of aquifer supplies, in conjunction with predicted demand, indicate the major metropolitan area aquifers are currently subject to extraction rates that exceed recharge. Simply stated, we are mining our groundwater.

Scott
Recipient
Cass County Environmental Services Department
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$198,971
Fund Source

This monitoring project includes lake and stream monitoring and encompasses all of Cass County, and surrounding counties. The project will obtain water quality data for streams; in 2009, lakeshed assessments indicated that many surface waters throughout the county were data deficient. This project will address the need for sufficient data on a county-wide basis and fulfill the State’s intensive watershed monitoring program goals by obtaining water quality data at targeted lake and stream sites.

Aitkin
Becker
Beltrami
Carlton
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Morrison
Otter Tail
St. Louis
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Clearwater River Watershed District
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$72,000
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to update existing bacteria and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) source inventory through desktop survey and field reconnaissance to identify and prioritize locations to reduce sediment and bacteria loading to the Clearwater River; then, design and implement best management practices (BMPs) at prioritized locations to reduce loading.

Meeker
Stearns
Recipient
Stearns SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,586
Fund Source

The Q-Lot at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is an 8 acre (1,000 spaces) gravel and asphalt parking lot. The parking lot's surface is impervious, which means it doesn't allow for rainfall or snow melt to soak into the ground. Instead, the water runs off directly into storm sewers, taking with it sediment, bacteria, automotive fluids and other pollutants which flow straight into the Mississippi River. SCSU staff has frequently witnessed plumes of sediment the color of chocolate milk where the storm sewer discharges into the river.

Stearns
Recipient
Benton SWCD
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$705,000
Fund Source

This project addresses the northeast St. Cloud drainage basin, the highest priority in the St. Cloud Stormwater Management Plan. St. Cloud has observed and documented ongoing sediment loading to the Mississippi River from the 367 acre watershed. The project is also a companion to the Green Roofs Blue Waters program in which several sediment reduction BMPs are being identified and installed along the Mississippi River.

Benton
Recipient
Crow Wing County
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$31,000
Fund Source

Crow Wing County, in cooperation with the municipalities within the County, plans to continue its successful well sealing program that pays 50% of the cost to seal unused/abandoned wells up to a maximum of $1000 per well. The amount of funding requested is $31,000 which is estimated to allow for the sealing of 80-100 wells. From 2012 to 2015, Crow Wing County sealed 65 wells as part of an earlier MDH well sealing grant from the Clean Water Fund. Priority will be given to wells located in or near existing wellhead protection areas.

Crow Wing
Recipient
Wright SWCD
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$270,000
Fund Source

The Wright Soil and Water Conservation District (Wright SWCD) has partnered with the Crow River Organization of Waters (CROW), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Wright County Planning and Zoning on this bacterial impairment reduction project to bring feedlot operations into compliance in the targeted North Fork Crow River (NFCR) impaired Unnamed Creek watershed. An analysis of the NFCR TMDL for Bacteria, Nutrients, and Turbidity was done to determine the area to be prioritized for further review of livestock operations in order to reduce the E.

Wright
Recipient
Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$45,964
Fund Source

This project will collect a complete Trophic Site Index (TSI) data set for Crow Wing County lakes and a complete data set for streams and rivers for the Intensive Monitoring Program (IMP). Crow Wing County, Cass County, Wadena County, Morrison County and Hubbard County are partnering to ensure that all target lakes and rivers within the Crow Wing River watershed are monitored efficiently.

Aitkin
Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Fund Source

This project will provide Stressor ID work and assistance for the development of a work plan for the Major Watershed Project. The Major Watershed Project will include a plan for civic engagement and outreach, with assistance from ten Local Government Units from the Crow Wing River Watershed.

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources (EOR)
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$51,477
Fund Source

This project will develop a TMDL for all impaired lakes within the Crow Wing Watershed by furthering data collection in the watershed, analysis of data, allocation calculations, and introducing outreach and stakeholder participation activities.

Wadena
Crow Wing
Clearwater
Todd
Cass
Otter Tail
Becker
Morrison
Hubbard
Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,041
Fund Source

This first year of the project will collect available data relevant to the TMDL development, determine the data sets best suited for the TMDL development. Gain a better understanding of the watershed and impaired lakes, and assessment of all potential sources (internal and external) of the causes of lake impairment. EOR will also review the data produced by the MPCA for the impairment assessment for each of the lakes during year 1 of the project.

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Fund Source

This project will initiate project coordination among project partners. It will enhance civic engagement and outreach endeavors activities to support Phase 2 of TMDL project. It will also support field activities associated with stressor ID work.

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Wadena
Recipient
Hubbard Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$69,990
Fund Source

This project covers activities necessary to complete the major watershed restoration and projection project. The major objectives this project covers include contract administration, watershed coordination, stressor ID activities, identifying priority management zones, engage watershed citizens, and the creation of watershed restoration and protection plans.

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
RESPEC
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$49,996
Fund Source

This project will finalize HSPF watershed model construction by incorporating internal phosphorus loading in modeled lakes, run a suite of implementation scenarios and generate a GenScn project containing model output. The consultant will produce HSPF watershed models that can readily be used to provide information to support conventional parameter TMDLs. The consultant will deliver all modeling files for baseline and implementation scenarios and provide a GenScn project containing model output.

Becker
Carver
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hennepin
Hubbard
Kandiyohi
McLeod
Meeker
Morrison
Otter Tail
Pope
Renville
Sibley
Stearns
Todd
Wadena
Wright
Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,355
Fund Source

This project will complete a pollutant source identification and subwatershed information report and support the development of a Draft Restoration and Protection Plan (RAPP). It will also support the devlopment of a Implementation Plan that will identify target areas for BMP implementation for bacteria reductions.

Anoka
Benton
Carver
Crow Wing
Dakota
Douglas
Hennepin
Kandiyohi
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Pope
Ramsey
Sherburne
Sibley
Stearns
Todd
Washington
Wright
Recipient
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
Fund Source

This project will determine the magnitude and sources of pollutants in Little Rock Creek and will estimate the reductions in loadings that are needed in order for the stream reaches to support cold water fish assemblages and attain water quality standards.

Benton
Morrison
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,020,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,020,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$744,717
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,291
Fund Source

The Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) program identifies environmental contaminants for which current health-based standards currently do not exist or need to be updated, investigate the potential for human exposure to these chemicals, and develop guidance values for drinking water. Contaminants evaluated by CEC staff include contaminants that have been released or detected in Minnesota waters (surface water and groundwater) or that have the potential to migrate to or be detected in Minnesota waters.

Statewide
Recipient
Sherburne SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
Fund Source

The Elk River Watershed Association Joint Powers Board, via the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District, will utilize project funds to implement a pasture and manure management program which will provide technical and financial assistance to large animal/hobby farm owners. Staff will work with identified landowners to implement bacteria reduction best practices such as pasture renovation/management, riparian buffer strips, clean water diversions, vegetated buffer strips, and manure management including composting structures.

Sherburne
Recipient
Wadena SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The Crow Wing River is a valuable natural resource and forested regions in the watershed are at risk from conversion to cropland and clearing for other uses. In order to maintain the high quality upland that protects the water quality, forestry practices are being encouraged with cost-sharing and education in an effort to manage, protect, and improve existing forest stands.

Wadena
Recipient
Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,442
Fund Source

This leadership workshop series will provide the participants (citizen leaders) with knowledge, skills, processes and tools that can help to strengthen their current efforts and nurture new ones.

Aitkin
Becker
Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$77,773
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to develop a TMDL for all impaired stream reaches within the Crow Wing Watershed and for Eighth Crow Wing Lake.

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources (EOR)
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$31,328
Fund Source

The Crow Wing River Watershed consists of approximately 1,959 square miles in the north to north central portion of the Upper Mississippi River Basin in Central Minnesota. The watershed encompasses all or parts of Becker, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Morrison, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena Counties. The dominant land use within the watershed is forested (41%), agriculture (32%), grass, shrub and wetland make up 17%, water (7%) and urban (3%).

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
RESPEC
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$253,710
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to construct, calibrate, and validate five Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) watershed models. The outcome will be HSPF models that can readily be used to provide information to support conventional parameter TMDLs. These models will generate predicted output timeseries for hydrology, sediment, nutrients, and dissolved oxygen which are consistent with available sets of observed data.

Wright
Todd
Stearns
St. Louis
Sherburne
Morrison
Mille Lacs
Meeker
Kanabec
Itasca
Isanti
Chisago
Cass
Carlton
Benton
Anoka
Aitkin
Recipient
Crow River Organization of Water
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$111,483
Fund Source

The purpose of this monitoring project is to maintain water quality data collection, build on local partnerships, and develop a better of understanding of what impacts the rivers located in central Minnesota.

Crow Wing
Recipient
Sherburne SWCD
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,407
Fund Source

Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will subcontract with Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) to cooperatively coordinate monitoring of three locations within the Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed. A total of four staff (two from each district) will communicate to ensure that the locations are monitored according to the WPLMN Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for AIS and non AIS sites

Sherburne
Recipient
AQUA TERRA Consultants
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,950
Fund Source

This project will support construction of three watershed framework models built using the Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF). These executable models will simulate hydrology at the subbasin scale. An HSPF model will be built for each of these major watersheds: Crow Wing River, Redeye River, and Long Prairie River.

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
RESPEC
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$396,300
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to continue and finalize HSPF watershed model construction and complete the calibration/validation process.

Aitkin
Anoka
Becker
Beltrami
Benton
Carlton
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Kanabec
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Sherburne
St. Louis
Stearns
Todd
Wright
Recipient
Aqua Terra Consultants
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$120,238
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$134,980
Fund Source

This project will continue HSPF watershed model construction beyond the initial framework development. The consultant will add representation of point source discharges to the model. The consultant will also compile flow data for the purposes of calibration and validation. Finally, an initial hydrologic calibration will be performed and submitted for approval.

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Otter Tail, East SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$58,000
Fund Source

The purpose of this project is to identify effective irrigation and nutrient management best management practices and technologies and the barriers that prevent irrigators, producers, and other agricultural partners from adopting them in Otter Tail County. The primary goal is to reduce nitrate in areas where groundwater is susceptible to contamination as mapped by The Minnesota Department of Health by identifying effective BMPs and addressing the barriers to their adoption.

Becker
Douglas
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena