Project # 10
The concept of the West Mill
Recreation Area was first developed
as a bi-centennial project in 1975-76 for the City of Fertile.
The proposed West Mill Dam consisted of the reconstruction of a
water control structure near the center of Section 19, Garfield Township, which would have
provided for the creation of an impoundment of water approximately 40 to 80 acres in
size. The purpose of the proposed dam and reservoir, as noted by the petitioners, would
be for flood control, recreation, and the enhancement of the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center.
The plan for the project continued on and in 1991, a new plan developed calling for a much less expensive water retention structure. Cost expenditures included site preparation and removal of
existing structures, embankment construction (including emergency spillway),
seepage cut-off, principal spillway structure, contingencies (assumed 30%), construction costs,
engineering, legal, and permit acquisition all totaled an estimate of $1,320,000.
The project was not built due to the high costs and permitting restraints from the MN DNR.