Current Conditions
Sand Hill River near Climax, Minnesota

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Sediment Basin Cost Share Program


       
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Project Proponents:
East Polk SWCD
Sand Hill River Watershed District
BWSR

 







Project Summary:

The Sand Hill River is listed on the MPCA’s 303(d) list for being impaired for turbidity. Much of this turbidity is associated with sediment eroding off of upland areas within the watershed. Much of this sediment also carries phosphorus as well. In order to assist agricultural producers in retaining topsoil on their lands, the East Polk SWCD and the SHRWD has been working to get Water and Sediment Control Basins installed in the upper Sand Hill River Watershed. In order to get these practices installed, the East Polk SWCD has worked with landowners to educate them on the positive aspects of Water and Sediment Control Basins, provided assistance in locating spots for installation, and coordinating design and construction of the structures. Much of the funding for the project has come from the BWSR Clean Water Fund. BWSR has elected to award funds to the project in separate funding requests. In total, 133 Water and Sediment Control Basins have been installed by the East Polk SWCD and has resulted in a total reduction of nearly 5,000 tons on an annual basis of topsoil. Additional funds are still available, and more projects are currently being developed.

The Sand Hill River Watershed Water and Sediment Basin Initiative has had four successful Clean Water Fund grants awarded.  The first of these funds were awarded in:

Phase I – 2011 funding - $255,142 awarded, $168,209 matching for a total of $423,352.  There were a total of 34 water and sediment basins installed resulting in reductions of:
Sediment (TSS) – 3,445 Tons/yr
Soil (Est savings) – 2,129  Tons/yr
Phosphorus (Est savings) – 2,270 lbs/yr

Phase II – 2012 funding - $251,600 awarded, $131,414.20 matching for a total of $383,014.20.  There was a total of 52 water and sediment basins installed resulting reductions of:
Sediment (TSS) – 1,373 Tons/yr
Soil (Est savings) – 2,534  Tons/yr
Phosphorus (Est savings) – 1,500 lbs/yr

Two other grants are currently in progress which is Phase III and Phase IV.  Currently Phase III has seen $257,435 of Clean Water Funds has been spent, and $100,732 in matching funds. A total of 31 basins has been installed with reductions of:

Sediment (TSS) – 686 Tons/yr
Soil (Est savings) – 283 Tons/yr
Phosphorus (Est savings) – 316 lbs/yr
and Phase IV has seen $174,411 of Clean Water Funds has been spent, and $80,779 in matching funds. A total of 16 basins has been installed with reductions of
Sediment (TSS) – 34 Tons/yr
Soil (Est savings) – 35 Tons/yr
Phosphorus (Est savings) – 34 lbs/yr


Phase III and Phase IV still have projects that will surveyed, designed and installed.
This initiative has been very successful, and had contributed to the reduction of sediment in the Sand Hill River, which improves water quality and wildlife habitat.  It also benefits landowners by keeping valuable soil on the land.