Watershed District to Hold Two Public Hearings in September 2013

August 12th, 2013: Annandale, Minn. ― The Clearwater River Watershed District will be holding two public hearings on September 11th, 2013 at the Annandale Middle School, Upper Gymnasium, Annandale, MN, at 7:00PM.

The first public hearing will be to consider adoption of a resolution ordering the amendment of the Cedar, Albion, Swartout, Henshaw Project #06-1 (CASH P#06-1) to include the capital improvement project known as the Cedar Lake Watershed Protection and Improvement Project, in order to provide for ongoing operation and maintenance of CASH P#06-1 stated goals. Click here to see the public notice of this hearing as published in the Annandale Advocate for the weeks of Aug. 18th, 25th, and Sept. 1st, 2013.

The Project shall consist of steps necessary to reduce/control the flow of phosphorus and other nutrients into Cedar and Swartout Lakes. The Engineer's Report, which includes Technical and Cost Specifications, as well as benefits and damages determinations, has been filed with the Board of Managers and is open to public inspection.

The area proposed to be assessed are those benefitted properties being all properties currently assessed for the Operation and Maintenance of the CASH P#06-1.

The estimated cost for the project is $554,200. The District has received a $277,900 grant from the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources for this project. Other local funding sources will contribute $100,000. The remainder is proposed to be levied against said benefitted properties, over a four year period.

The Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District proposes to proceed under the authority granted by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103D, as amended. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement will be head at this meeting. Written or oral objections will be considered.

The second public hearing will be to consider adopt of the proposed 2014 CRWD Budget. Click here to see a summarization of the budget, as published in the Annandale Advocated, Tri-County News, and Litchfield Independept Review for the weeks of Aug. 18th, 25th, and Sept. 1st, 2013.

The Clearwater River Watershed District has been working to promote, protect, and preserve the waters of the District since its establishment as a unit of local government on April 9, 1975, by order of the Minnesota Water Resources Board, acting under authority of the Chapter 112, MSA (the Minnesota Watershed Act). Though the original thrust of the CRWD was the improvement of water quality in the Clearwater River Chain of Lakes, its scope has grown into a complete program of water management within its boundaries. To learn more about the CRWD, visit our website at: www.crwd.org.