The proposed Winger Dam was designed to hold 12,000 acre feet creating a lake with 6,000 acrea feet of possible flood storage. After years of effort and expense, the project died due to the inability to obtain proper permiting from the US Army Corp and MN DNR.
To complement the district's missions statement, the district supported all efforts to clean our local river. Tires, mattresses, garbage, carcuses, and appliances were just a few things found and removed from our river.
The Sand Hill River Watershed district installed riprap at four erosion protection areas along the Sand Hill River. Three of these areas are located
in the vicinity of the city of Fertile in sections 20 and 29
of Garfield Township. The fourth site is located in the NW
1/4 of sect(ion 28, Liberty Township.
The City of Fertile petitioned the Sand Hill River Watershed District with a proposed recreational lake west of Fertile at the site of a feed mill that failed in 1950. The project died due to a lack of funding and MN DNR permitting restraints.
The Sand Hill River Watershed District has assisted in the construction of many ring dike projects, mostly on the west end of the district. The latest project is a ring dike around the City of Climax. The district is waiting funding for a ring dike around the City of Nielsville
The District helps landowners implement erosion control measures in Section 13 of Liberty Township.
Project # 21
In 2003, the Sand Hill River Watershed began preliminary investigations to address alternatives that could make the
Sand Hill River a viable fishery. The project team's analysis showed four impediments to fish passage on the Sandhill River and include:
The four drop structures on the USACE Project
Downstream of the last drop structure to a point
west of the county bridge, a distance of 500 to 1000
The Texas crossing west of Highway No. 9
The box culverts west of Fertile
The USCOE requested funding (which was not received) for a Section 1135 study focusing on modifying the old Corps' project to restore
fish passage. A Preliminary Restoration Plan was devised. A DNR fisheries grant was awarded to the district to begin the project. It was decided to begin with the Texas Crossing (West of Beltrami) and the West Mill site (West of Fertile). In September of 2006, the project was awarded to Davidson Construction and Ready Mix of Newefolden, MN. The two sites were completed and ready for seeding in the spring of 2007
In 2015 the district was awarded the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council LSOHC) Funding Opportunity grant for $1,451,900. Four drop structures were completed in 2017. Spruce Valley Corporation was awarded the bid at $1,574,835.00.