CRWD Continues to Pursue Grants for Water Quality Projects - Nov. 28th, 2011

The Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) has a long history of implementing projects throughout the District in order to improve the quality of surface waters for District citizens. Several projects the District has led have been grant supported. Examples of these projects include the Clearwater River (1980) Chain of Lakes Restoration Project, the Willow Creek (Kimball) Stormwater Project, and the CCM Streambank Restoration Project. The District is always seeking new opportunities to join with partners in promoting, protecting, and preserving the waters of our District.

 

For example, the District recently was awarded two substaltial grants that will greatly increase the life of two sub-projects of the Clearwater River (1980) Chain of Lakes Restoration Project. The first grant is for the feasibility study and restoration of the Kingston Wetland Treatment System, with a grant of $404,000, This project will extend the useful life of the Kingston Wetland Treatment System, a wetland built in the early 1980s as part of the Chain of Lakes Restoration Project to treat the Clearwater River for nutrients before it entered downstream lakes.

 

The second grant is for the Fertilizer Field Trial Project, a continuation of the sub-project known as the Tri-County Conservation Project. The grant received for this is $300,000. It is a nutrient management program designed to address high amounts of phosphorous entering the Clearwater River (and subsequently, downstream lakes) from fertilizer runoff from area agricultural fields. The project focuses on assisting agricultural operators in switching from standard fertilizer application rates to variable fertilizer application rates, resulting in fields receiving less excessive fertilizer applications, and therefore less fertilizer runoff entering the Clearwater River and downstream lakes.

 

Both of these projects will furhter the useful life of the Chain of Lakes Restoration Project, which has been working to improve the water quality of the Clearwater River Chain of Lakes for over 20 years.