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Area 6 - South Central Technical Service Area
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

South Central Technical Service Area (SCTSA) will use this Clean Water Fund grant to provide Soil and Water Conservation Districts and other local organizations in its eleven-county area with a Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician to assist in using available GIS information to target specific locations where Best Management Practices (BMPs) can be installed to help improve water quality.

Blue Earth
Brown
Faribault
Le Sueur
Martin
McLeod
Nicollet
Renville
Sibley
Waseca
Watonwan
Recipient
BWSR with Morrison County SWCD
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,200,000
Fund Source

This phase protected, under easement, 946 acres (130% of the goal of 720 acres)  of high quality habitat a for fish, game, and wildlife.

Aitkin
Becker
Beltrami
Carlton
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Morrison
St. Louis
Wadena
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$242,075
Fund Source

The nine member Counties and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of the Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA) will be able to enhance our effectiveness to provide elevated levels of technical assistance, education and outreach in the areas of urban stormwater, wellhead protection, nutrient management, conservation agronomy, drainage and agricultural best management practices to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Blue Earth, Le Sueur and Watonwan River Watersheds.

Blue Earth
Cottonwood
Faribault
Freeborn
Jackson
Le Sueur
Martin
Waseca
Watonwan
Recipient
Martin Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$79,179
Fund Source

Martin County has 149 lakes and several are impacted by elevated phosphorus levels. Restoring the water quality of these lakes is a priority for county. In partnership with Minnesota Waters, Barr Engineering and the University of Minnesota Extension, this project specifically aims to educate residents about the threats to Martin County water resources. The goal is to engage residents in protecting and improving the quality and management of the lakes by establishing a minimum of four lake associations within the county.

Martin
Recipient
Martin SWCD
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$220,000
Fund Source

This project will improve water quality in the nutrient impaired Fairmont Chain of Lakes. These 5 lakes are a surface water drinking water source for a City of over 10,000 people. Phase one of this multi-phase water quality restoration project focuses on installing 12 targeted agricultural best management practices such as bioreactors, saturated buffers and grassed waterways and will reduce nitrogen by over 1,000 pounds per year, sediment by over 130 tons per year, and phosphorus by over 200 pounds per year.

Martin
Recipient
Hubbard SWCD
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The Hubbard County Community Partners Conservation Program will give community groups the resources necessary to build interest in, and awareness of, the water quality challenges facing their lakes and empower them to make positive improvements in the form of reduced stormwater runoff. Through the design of a collaborative effort, the Hubbard Soil and Water Conservation District and Local Water Plan Task Force will enable Hubbard County residents and lake home owners to work together to address the effects of development with stormwater runoff solutions.

Hubbard
Recipient
Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,595
Fund Source

Agricultural drain tiles with surface intakes are considered a significant delivery mechanism of nutrients to Minnesota River. Protecting those surface water inlets can reduce the direct path those nutrients have to the river. In addition, in agricultural fields with subsurface drainage, leached nitrate creates elevated nitrate levels in tile drainage water. These high nitrate concentrations can cause algae blooms that remove oxygen. To help remove nitrates leached into tile drains, wood chip bioreactors can be installed to remove nitrate from the tile water before it enters surface water.

Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Cass SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
Fund Source

The north-central Minnesota counties of Cass and Hubbard share large portions of the Crow Wing River, Leech and Upper Mississippi Watersheds, all of which play an important role in providing clean drinking water to over one million Minnesota residents. Each county assumes the responsibility of inspecting and evaluating the judicial and county ditch systems that drain directly into these watersheds. The two counties together share two judicial ditch systems and combined have an additional 42 ditches within their borders.

Cass
Hubbard
Recipient
Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,572
Fund Source

The Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District will contract with the Water Resource Center at the Minnesota State University in Mankato to complete a Geographic Information System (GIS) terrain analysis for the watershed. It will concentrate on the impaired reaches of the Lac qui Parle and Yellow Bank Rivers and tributaries. This inventory will utilize LiDAR elevation datasets to create many GIS datasets by spatially analyzing the elevation data.

Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Martin County Drainage Authority
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$62,100
Fund Source

Minnesota statutes and pre-design costs can prevent conservation practices from being explored earlier during the analysis of public improvements to watersheds. With a large increase in the requests for drainage improvements, the Martin County Drainage Authority feels that planning assistance for conservation practices earlier in the process will give these practices a better opportunity for implementation as part of repair and improvement projects.

Martin
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$301,200
Fund Source

The Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA) along with Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Counties, landowners, and drainage authorities in the ten member counties will install conservation drainage practices to improve water quality. 103E drainage systems with documented sediment or water quality issues are the focus with the goal of installing 52 practices such as improved side inlets (grade stabilization structures), alternative tile inlets, denitrifying bioreactors, saturated buffers, storage wetlands and others.

Blue Earth
Brown
Cottonwood
Faribault
Freeborn
Jackson
Le Sueur
Martin
Waseca
Watonwan
Recipient
Martin SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$314,750
Fund Source

The objective of this project is to manage streambanks and floodplains along Elm Creek in Martin County in order to improve water quality and reduce erosion. Elm Creek flows into the Blue Earth River, which flows into the Minnesota River. Elm Creek is currently listed as impaired for fish bioassessments, turbidity, and fecal coliform.

Martin
Recipient
Board of Water and Soil Resources
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$335,000

Northern white cedar wetland plant communities provide unique ecological, economic, and wetland functions, including high value timber, long-term carbon storage, winter refuge for deer and other wildlife, wildlife habitat, and thermal buffering for brook trout streams. However, these plant communities have been declining in Minnesota for decades mostly as a result of development impacts. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is using this appropriation to continue efforts aimed at improving the quantity and quality of white cedar wetland plant communities in Minnesota.

Aitkin
Beltrami
Carlton
Cass
Clearwater
Cook
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Kanabec
Koochiching
Lake
Lake of the Woods
Mille Lacs
Pine
St. Louis
Wadena
Recipient
BWSR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000


PROJECT OVERVIEW

Aitkin
Beltrami
Carlton
Cass
Clearwater
Cook
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Kanabec
Koochiching
Lake
Lake of the Woods
Mille Lacs
Pine
St. Louis
Wadena
Recipient
Mississippi Headwaters Board
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The 400-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from its headwaters at Lake Itasca to Morrison County near Little Falls is the focus of this project. Working in cooperation with the eight member counties, this project will develop implementation plans and strategies geared specifically for the Mississippi River and incorporate them into the individual County Comprehensive Local Water Plans. These recommendations will be for specific strategies, often crossing county boundaries for implementation.

Aitkin
Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Morrison
Recipient
Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank WD
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Fund Source

Del Clark Lake is a regionally unique resource in the Lac qui Parle Watershed. This grant contains both restoration and protection strategies aiming to maintain the quality of this rare and valuable resource in addition to restoring the recently impaired Canby Creek, which feeds into Del Clark Lake. Three grade control structures will be implemented just upstream of Del Clark to protect against sediment and aid in regulating flows. An estimate 240 pounds of phosphorous and 2,700 tons of sediment will be reduced annually.

Lincoln
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Renville Soil and Water Conservation District
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000

Granite rock outcrops along the Upper Minnesota River are among the oldest exposed rock in North America, dating back approximately 3.6 billion years. These outcrops are also home to rare and specialized plant and animal communities rarely found elsewhere in Minnesota, including several types of cactus and one of Minnesota's only three lizard species, the five-lined skink. However, these rock outcrops are increasingly threatened by mining, overgrazing, and development.

Chippewa
Lac qui Parle
Redwood
Renville
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Renville Soil and Water Conservation District
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,382,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$418,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Chippewa
Lac qui Parle
Redwood
Renville
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Martin County Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$74,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Martin
Recipient
Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA)
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,600
Fund Source

The Redwood and Cottonwood River Watersheds have been assessed and many reaches have been impaired for turbidity, bacteria, and low dissolved oxygen. This project will accelerate conservation efforts to reduce overland runoff sediment, bacteria, and nutrient loadings contributing to water quality impairments in targeted subwatersheds.

Brown
Cottonwood
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Pipestone
Redwood
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA)
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$560,000
Fund Source

The Redwood River and Cottonwood River watersheds encompass approximately 2,020 square miles of southwestern Minnesota in the Minnesota River Basin. Land use in these watersheds is mostly agricultural and area geology makes them prone to erosion. Surface water issues within the two watersheds are a concern of local leaders. The counties and Soil and Water Conservation District leaders formed the Redwood Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) Joint Powers Board in 1983 to address sedimentation, water quality and quantity, and erosion issues.

Brown
Cottonwood
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Pipestone
Redwood
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
DNR, Ducks Unlimited and BWSR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,891,000
Fund Source

This pilot program protected 1,210 acres of wild rice lake shoreland habitat in the Northern Forest Section by securing 14 permanent RIM conservation easements and four fee-title acquisitions, surpassing our goal of 700 acres, and doing so $250,202 under budget.

Aitkin
Carlton
Cass
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
St. Louis
Wadena
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA)
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$243,250
Fund Source

The Greater Blue Earth River Basin is a large area within the Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Blue Earth River watersheds. Recent research by University of Minnesota, the National Center for Earth Dynamics, and others has found this basin to be the largest contributor of sediment to Lake Pepin.

Blue Earth
Cottonwood
Faribault
Freeborn
Jackson
Le Sueur
Martin
Waseca
Watonwan
Recipient
Multiple Local Government Units
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,357,221
Fund Source

Imminent Health Threat (IHT) systems are those that are discharging improperly treated human waste onto the ground surface or into surface waters. In addition to the potential water quality impacts, untreated sewage has the potential to introduce bacteria and viruses into the environment. When IHT systems are identified, county or city staff assist the homeowners through the process required to bring their systems into compliance with the septic ordinance.

Beltrami
Big Stone
Chippewa
Chisago
Cook
Dodge
Jackson
Lake
Lake of the Woods
Lincoln
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Pennington
Pipestone
Rice
Scott
Stearns
Recipient
Martin SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,400
Fund Source
Martin
Recipient
Redwood Cottonwood Rivers Control Area JPB
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
Fund Source

The soil and water conservation districts within the watersheds for the Redwood and Cottonwood Rivers have been putting conservation practices on the ground for years in a long-running collaborative effort.

Brown
Cottonwood
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Pipestone
Redwood
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$425,000
Fund Source

This area of the Minnesota River Basin has been identified as contributing significant amounts of sediment to the watershed. The primary cause of the sediment is from gullies and ravines. This project by the Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA) continues efforts begun with FY2011 Clean Water Funds. Using data collected through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and LiDAR, GERBA will install best management practices to address severe ravines and gullies in targeted specific locations.

Blue Earth
Brown
Cottonwood
Faribault
Freeborn
Jackson
Le Sueur
Martin
Waseca
Watonwan
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$378,673
Fund Source
Blue Earth
Brown
Cottonwood
Faribault
Freeborn
Jackson
Le Sueur
Martin
Waseca
Watonwan
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$212,000
Fund Source

To be able to manage resources in the Blue Earth and Le Sueur Watersheds into the future and have a positive effect on water quality, resource managers need high quality accurate data to support decision making of best management practice (BMP) implementation. Digital elevation data is a valuable resource for modeling water flow, however in its current state it cannot represent water conveyance through features such as roadways. These flow barriers limit the accurate use of data for recently developed targeting tools identifying BMP suitability and effectiveness down to the field scale.

Blue Earth
Faribault
Freeborn
Jackson
Martin
Steele
Waseca
Recipient
Area 8 - North Central MN SWCDs JPB
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

A new GIS technician will help prioritize and target conservation activities and protection strategies in nine north-central Minnesota counties. The GIS technician will create GIS products, assessments, and watershed analysis to identify the high priority areas in each County or watershed in need of protection or restoration using all available data, including LiDAR, soils, land use, completed WRAPS and other datasets. These areas will then be targeted for future resource management efforts, Clean Water Fund projects, and additional conservation activities.

Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Koochiching
Lake of the Woods
Wadena
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA), a nine County/SWCD JPO has identified buffers as a basin priority. This initiative will work towards the goal of identifying all DNR protected shoreland in the GBERBA counties without a 50 foot vegetative buffer. Buffer strips protect surface and groundwater from a multitude of pollutants. During stormwater run off events buffers can remove between 50 and 100 percent of nutrients, pesticides, pathogens, and sediment. The estimated sediment reduction for this project is 756 tons per year prevented from entering our waters.

Blue Earth
Cottonwood
Faribault
Freeborn
Jackson
Le Sueur
Martin
Waseca
Watonwan
Recipient
Area 5 - Southwest Prairie Technical Service Area
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

The Southwest Prairie Technical Service Area 5 (SWPTSA), located in the southwest corner of Minnesota, encompasses 11 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs): Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, and Yellow Medicine. This project will protect natural resources within the three major river basins of Minnesota, Missouri and Des Moines Rivers. The SWPTSA will assist member SWCDs in locating and identifying priority subwatersheds that have soil erosion and water quality issues using terrain analysis.

Cottonwood
Jackson
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Nobles
Pipestone
Redwood
Rock
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Area 8 - North Central MN SWCDs JPB
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

This project will build off the success of the additional geographic information system (GIS) and water planning expertise the TSA8 added in 2016 to provide consistent mapping, water planning assistance and training to partners. This project will help soil and water conservation districts prepare for the 1W1P process before the planning starts. A unified protection methodology is essential for the 1W1P process to be successful. This project will include: unified GIS mapping and protection model for all nine counties respectively.

Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Koochiching
Lake of the Woods
Wadena
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$132,000
Fund Source

The Watonwan Watershed Technician will provide highly focused targeting of conservation programs and practices. The technician will enhance current staff capabilities in the Watonwan watershed by collecting landowner contact information from previous studies and GIS methods, produce mass mailings about funding opportunities, and meet one-on-one with landowners to discuss their conservation concerns. The technician will implement 45 projects/practices over a three year period.

Blue Earth
Brown
Cottonwood
Jackson
Martin
Watonwan
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,280
Fund Source

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.

Brown
Cottonwood
Jackson
Martin
Watonwan
Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,000
Fund Source

The Watonwan Watershed Resource Specialist has been funding with Clean Water funds since 2012. Since that time, the Watonwan Watershed Resource Specialist has been a crucial connector between landowners and natural resource professionals in the Watonwan Watershed. As the technical ability and responsibilities of the WWRS expands, the need and urgency to secure extended funding becomes a priority. This project will fund half of the Watonwan Watershed Research Specialist position through year 2020.

Blue Earth
Brown
Cottonwood
Jackson
Martin
Watonwan
Recipient
Yellow Medicine County
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,000
Fund Source

The Yellow Medicine One Watershed One Plan has identified Protecting and Preserving Groundwater Quality and Quantity as one of the three priorities addressed in the Plan. Seven priority sub-watersheds have been identified as priority areas, as well as two townships that have been identified by the Department of Agriculture to have vulnerable groundwater areas. Our goal is to provide 50% cost share to seal 34 abandoned wells that are located in these priority areas.

Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
BWSR with Ducks Unlimited
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,630,000
Fund Source

Twenty six easements protecting 1,173.3 were recorded which exceeded the original proposal by 173 acres (15%). 11.6 miles of shoreline were protected which exceeded the 8 acre goal by 30%. Total expenditure was $1,355,000 which was 17% lower than originally budgeted. No fee-title land acquisition opportunities on wild rice lakes that fit within DNR and other government agency land plans were available during this time period thus DU did not expend any of the $100,000 budgeted for fee-title acquisition. Instead the program focused on RIM easements. 

Aitkin
Carlton
Cass
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
St. Louis
Wadena
Recipient
Yellow Medicine River WD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$88,611
Fund Source

The Yellow Medicine River Watershed District will contract with the Water Resource Center at the Minnesota State University - Mankato to complete a Geographic Information System (GIS) terrain analysis for the watershed using recently completed LIDAR data in southern Minnesota. Analysis will concentrate on the impaired reaches of the Yellow Medicine River Watershed and its tributaries. This inventory will utilize the State of Minnesota LiDAR elevation datasets to create many datasets through the analysis of this elevation data.

Lincoln
Lyon
Yellow Medicine