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December 2012

Photo of Knife River Clean Water Fund Streambank Stabilization
Knife River project site post construction

NE MN June 2012 Flood Success Story: Knife River Clean Water Fund Streambank Stabilization Project

The Knife River, a 23.8 mile river located near Two Harbors, is a popular trout fishing river along the North Shore of Lake Superior. In 1998, the river was listed as "impaired" by the MPCA for excess turbidity (excessive sediment and algae in the water). In 2010, the South St. Louis SWCD and MPCA completed a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study, which was then approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The plan to improve Knife River focused on addressing peak flows (fast water running through the stream channel during and after rain storms or snow melt) and eroding clay streambanks contributing sediment to the river.

Read more about this in the December 2012 BWSR Snapshots newsletter

2012 BWSR Academy Summary

Pie Chart of Reasons to Return/Recommend to BWSR Academy
Reasons to return and recommend the BWSR Academy

BWSR held the 5th Annual BWSR Training Academy on October 29-31, 2012 in Brainerd, MN. The goal of the BWSR Academy is to provide high quality training for local government staff that maintains and improves the delivery of conservation work and meets the shared expectations of BWSR and local resource management boards. Over 300 people attended this year’s Academy, and feedback has been very positive.

Read more about this in the December 2012 BWSR Snapshots newsletter

Photo of a large scale gully in a farm field

A large scale gully in a field without conservation
practices installed

Flood Damage Recovery in Dakota, Goodhue and Rice Counties

Significant damage on agricultural and private lands from the June 2012 floods are estimated to total over $2.6 million dollars in Dakota, Goodhue and Rice Counties. The estimate is from SWCD assessments based on recently submitted MN Recovers Task Force applications. The three counties will be eligible for some of the $11 Million BWSR 2012 Flood Relief Cost-Share funds approved by the State in August 2012.

BWSR staff has been coordinating meetings with Dakota, Goodhue and Rice SWCD staff and NRCS/FSA partners to discuss Flood Recovery policy and implementation including how Federal Emergency Program policy, funding and timelines link with State funds to maximum flood damage repairs.

Read more about this in the December 2012 BWSR Snapshots newsletter

Hydrology Monitoring of Wetland Restoration Sites Continues...

What is “hydrology monitoring�? The phrase can mean different things to different people, but in the case of the Road Program, it has mostly meant keeping track of water levels with a combination of staff gauges and shallow water table monitoring wells. These are read manually or with data loggers. While BWSR staff has been monitoring wetland restorations for over 10 years, the hydrology monitoring of wetland restoration sites did not begin in earnest until late 2006.

Read more about this in the December 2012 BWSR Snapshots newsletter

Diagram of wetland monitoring site

Hydrologic monitoring of wetlands with staff gauge and shallow water table monitoring wells.

Celebrating Outstanding Contributions in Conservation!

Association of Minnesota Counties/BWSR County Conservation Award

Olmsted County Landfill Reclamation Initiative

Outstanding Watershed District Employee of the Year

Anna Eleria,
Capital Region WD

Outstanding District Employee of the Year

Greg Ostrowski,

Governor's Employee Recognition

Marcey Westrick from BWSR was recognized along
with other members of the Interagency
Clean Water Fund Performance Team

BWSR Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Reforming Government

BWSR was excited to learn recently about being named one of ten agencies recognized by the Governor's office for outstanding achievements that have reformed state government. Governor Dayton specifically noted Clean Water Fund performance efforts by six agencies, including BWSR, that worked together to develop a measurement framework for continually measuring and communicating the results from Clean Water Legacy funds. Estimated cost savings are $8-10 million annually. Marcey Westrick, BWSR representative on the team, was on hand to receive the award on Friday, December 7, 2012. Read more about the 50 employees awarded at the Governor's newsroom.

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