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Sand Hill River near Climax, Minnesota

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Vesledahl Wetland Mitigation Project


       
Description/Location:

The Vesledahl Wetland Mitigation Project is a combined effort of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources to develop and restore areas of wetlands that will serve as a "bank" for wetland "credits" to be used to offset damages done to other wetlands for road construction projects. The site of the Vesledahl Wetland Project is in Winger and Garden Townships of Polk County.

History:

In June, 1999, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was drafted up between the agencies involved to continue with the development of the project. The MOU detailed each agency's role and responsibility toward the project in teh areas of acquisition, design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

In June of 1999, MN DOT began negotiations to acquire the property of the Vesledahl owners and BWSR and began the initial design phase for the project. Site evaluations were done to ensure their potential for wetland restoration.

Construction was planned for the summer of 2000 and was done in three phases approximately 620 acres per phase. It was determined that each phase woudl be the maximum number of acres that could be constructed and seeded each year as the MN DNR continues with it's management plans for the porperty. The remainder of phase 1 was planted in the fall of 2000.