Explanation of Clearwater River Watershed District Special Assessments - 2012

In response to requests for explanations regarding special assessments the District levies, this page has been prepared. Several District projects have been instituted over the years to provide corrections to issues, such as water quality or lake level control. Per Minnesota Statutes 103D.631, the District must maintain District projects to their operational capacity. Projects that were instituted by special assessment are to be maintained with an operation and maintenance assessment based upon the original assessment roll. For the year 2013, levied in 2012, there are six special assessments. Other special assessment may be levied from time to time, dependent on needs determined by the Board of Managers. All levying of special assessments follow the rules laid out in Minnesota Statutes 103D.


Clearwater River Chain of Lakes Restoration Operation and Maintenance Assessment

The Chain of Lakes Restoration Project was a 4.4 million project spanning the 1980s-1990s designed to significantly improve water quality on Clearwater Lake and several smaller lakes that make up the chain. The operation and maintenance assessment is used by the District to maintain the many sub-projects that make up this larger Restoration Project. Click here to learn more. Recently, the District was awarded two grants for the operation and maintenance of two of these sub-projects: the Kingston Wetland Re-meandering Project, and the Targeted Fertilizer Application Project. These grants require local matches to cover part of the total cost of the operation and maintenance to be expended. As such, the operation and maintenance assessment was raised for the year 2011, levied in 2010, and again for the year 2012, levied in 2011. It is not being raised for the year 2013, levied in 2012. It is expected for the assessment to remain at its current amount for the next three years.


Clearwater Lake Milfoil Assessment

When Eurasian Watermilfoil (an invasive species, learn more at: MN DNR's website) was discovered in Clearwater Lake, the decision was made to institute a project whereby every riparian parcel would contribute to financing the cost of treating Eurasian Watermilfoil. Since treatment is an ongoing process, this assessment is typically made yearly, dependent on the need for treatment. The Clearwater Lake Property Owners leads the effort to treat Eurasian Watermilfoil yearly, with the MN DNR providing treatment oversight, and the District overseeing the financing of the treatment. Though "operation and maintenance" is not in the assessment title, this assessment functions as an operation and maintenance assessment.


Lake Augusta Milfoil Assessment

When Eurasian Watermilfoil (an invasive species, learn more at: MN DNR's website) was discovered in Lake Augusta, the decision was made to institute a project whereby every riparian parcel would contribute to financing the cost of treating Eurasian Watermilfoil. Since treatment is an ongoing process, this assessment is typically made yearly, dependent on the need for treatment. The Lake Augusta Association leads the effort to treat Eurasian Watermilfoil yearly, with the MN DNR providing treatment oversight, and the District overseeing the financing of the treatment. Though "operation and maintenance" is not in the assessment title, this assessment functions as an operation and maintenance assessment.


Cedar, Albion, Swartout, Henshaw Operation & Maintenance Assessment

The Clearwater River Watershed District was petitioned by the Cedar Lake Conservation Club on July 12, 2006 to develop and implement measures designed to reduce the phosphorous loading and carp population in Cedar Lake. Based on several years of monitoring, historical data, and the input of affected property owners, the Cedar, Albion, Swartout, Henshaw Project #06-1 (CASH P#06-1) was created. The operation and maintenance assessment is used by the District to maintain the project, which is made up of several sub-projects. Click here to learn more. The assessment was raised by $2,000.00 this year due to maintenance needs for the fish barriers.


Clearwater / Grass Bog Control Assessment

In response to high water levels in the mid-1980s that caused severe floating bog problems in these lakes (which lead to several emergency bog removal activities), this bog control projects was set up with the cooperation of the lake property owners involved. These project included acquisition and improvement of access areas for bog removal, and the funding (via assessment) and process for removal of floating bogs deemed harmful. Though "operation and maintenance" is not in the assessment title, this assessment functions as an operation and maintenance assessment. To ensure there are funds available for control of bogs, an assessment of $2,000.00 is being levied this year, based upon the original assessment for the project.


The CRWD reminds all citizens that the CRWD will not remove bogs from private property. The District will only become involved with removing bogs when they threaten to block the flow of the Clearwater River.


School Section Lake Outlet Operation and Maintenance Assessment

In response to the high water experienced in the early 1980s, the Clearwater River Watershed District was petitioned by property owners on School Section Lake to create an outlet control structure to help control the water level of School Section Lake. The outlet is permitted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and operation of the outlet follows strict DNR guidelines to protect the waters and properties downstream as well as School Section Lake. To ensure there are funds available for operation and maintenance of the outlet, an assessment of $2,000.00 is being levied this year, based upon the original assessment for the project.