Pleasant Lake Outlet Control Structure Closed

August 12th, 2015: Annandale, Minn. – The water level at the Grass Lake Dam on Clearwater / Grass Lakes surpassed 4.04 feet on the Grass Lake Dam Staff Gauge on May 24th, 2015. Per the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' permit for the operation of the Pleasant Lake Outlet Control Structure, the outlet was closed at 7:00pm on August 10th. Residents on Pleasant Lake can expect water levels to rise due to the closing of the outlet. However, the lake will begin to outlet once the lake level reaches the level of the Minnesota Department of Transportation culvert under State Highway 24 on the NE corner of the lake. The Clearwater River Watershed District will continue to monitor water levels at the Grass Lake Dam; once water levels are below 4.04 feet, the Pleasant Lake Outlet Control Structure will be opened.

Please contact the District office if you have any further questions on this matter.

City of Kimball Stormwater Improvements Finished for Kimball Days

July 31st, 2015: Annandale, Minn. – The Kimball Stormwater Improvement Project is finished, just in time for Kimball Days. A partnership between the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD), the City of Kimball, and the State of Minnesota (MN), the project's goal is to protect Willow Creek and downstream lakes and rivers from the detrimental effect of stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff from the city drains to Willow Creek, a designated trout stream (rare for an urbanized area) and important park space for the community. Before this project, high-temperature stormwater runoff, laden with nutrients, drained untreated into the creek. Trout don't like high-temperatures, and too many nutrients can cause algae blooms in downstream lakes. Too much algae can make swimming and fishing unpleasant. The City also struggles with small-scale flooding during storm events. To address these issues, the CRWD and the city started working together in 2010 to provide treatment of stormwater runoff, thanks to two grants from the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources through the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.

In conjunction with the city's street improvement work, the city now has an improved underground stormwater conveyance system (complete with up-sized grit chambers), which moves stormwater runoff to three treatment areas (one in Willow Creek Park, two adjacent to Hendricks Sand & Gravel). The treatment areas are designed to filter pollutants out and allow the water to infiltrate into shallow groundwater. In addition, several smaller installations address stormwater runoff in other areas of the city.

The residents of the City of Kimball can be proud of their new infrastructure, knowing they are ahead of many small cities in terms of addressing their stormwater runoff pollution. In addition, individual residents can do their part by making simple changes, such as rerouting house gutter downspouts to grass instead of pavement, mowing yards in such a manner that clippings are not blown into the streets or curbs, and raking leaves so they don't wash downstream. For more simple ideas, visit:

For more information on this project, check out the Kimball Stormwater Phase II Project webpage. Also be sure to check out the new Willow Creek Park sign, located next to the playground and Lions' Pavilion in Willow Creek Park. This sign includes a new trail map delineating the 2.5 miles of trials available for public enjoyment. Stop by the park today, wet a line, and enjoy this unique natural resource!

Notice of Public Hearing on Amendment to
Clearwater River Watershed District's Rules & Regulations
To Whom It May Concern

July 14th, 2015: Annandale, Minn.

TIME AND PLACE: Notice is hereby given that the Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) will meet City Hall in Annandale, Minnesota, at 7:00 o'clock p.m. on September 9th, 2015, to consider adoption of a resolution ordering the amendment of the District's Rules & Regulations to include provisions noted below.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT: It is proposed that the existing Rules & Regulations be replaced entirely by a simpler set of rules & regulations. Section 2.0, 5.0, 6.0 & 7.3 would be removed, and remaining sections would have significant changes.

REVIEW OF CURRENT RULES AND PROPOSED RULES: Both the current Rules & Regulations as well as the proposed new set of rules are available for review at the District's office, as well as online here and here. The District office is located at 75 Elm Street East, Annandale, MN 55302. Please call (320) 274-3935 to set up a time to review.

AUTHORITY: The Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District proposes to proceed under the authority granted by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103D, as amended.

WRITTEN OR ORAL OBJECTIONS: Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed amendment will be heard at this meeting. Written or oral objections will be considered.