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UNOFFICIAL MINUTES

CLEARWATER RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT

WORK SESSION

STANLEY’S RESTAURANT, KIMBALL

December 17, 2003

 

CRWD Work Session was called to order at 6:00p.m. by Manager Roland Froyen. Managers’ Marvin Brunsell, Virl Liebrenz, Roland Froyen, Bob Schiefelbein, and Mark Kampa were present. Others in attendance were Administrator Merle Anderson, Kerry Saxton, George Morris, Chuck Rick, Dale Johnson, Jeff Hrubes, and Rebecca Kluckhohn. Manager Froyen asked all present to introduce themselves.

Manager Froyen explained that the CRWD has entered into a contract with the MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) to develop a TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Work Plan. This plan includes the Clearwater River and its tributaries (from State Highway 15 to Clear Lake) because of bacteria levels and Lake Louisa due to nutrient levels. He went on to explain the need for a partnership with local entities to implement measures identified in the plan. The partnership needs to include soil and water conservation districts, Natural Resource Conservation Service, counties, townships, and state agencies.

 

Rebecca Kluckhohn, Wenck Associates Inc, outlined the four phases of the TMDL process. Phase 1 compiles all existing water quality monitoring data, land use, soils, septic, and other resource management information. Phase 2 identifies gaps, if any, in that information. Phase 3 develops load allocations. Phase 4 implements practices to address identified issues.

 

Jeff Hrubes, MPCA, explained that load allocations are the amount of pollution a river can assimilate from either point sources or nonpoint sources.

 

Administrator Anderson explained that county water management plans, joint powers engineering staff, and other county efforts are now available to assist in resource management efforts and should be utilized in Phase 1 and Phase 4.

 

Kerry Saxton, Wright County SWCD, acknowledged the water quality monitoring data that CRWD has developed.

 

Dale Johnson, Meeker County NRCS, and Chuck Rick, Meeker County SWCD, asked for additional explanation of water quality monitoring data and the need to review data from outlets of wetland areas that show high bacterial levels.

 

Administrator Anderson explained that one of the next steps is to gather NRCS and SWCD data and to meet again to gain a better understanding as to what all the data means.

 

George Morris, Wright County NRCS, stressed the need for information and education regarding corrective measures  prior to Phase 4.

 

Manager Schiefelbein brought up that he feels that a 75% to 80% cost-share level of assistance is needed in Phase 4.

 

Dale Johnson and Chuck Rick left the meeting at 7:15p.m.

 

Manager Brunsell distributed and reviewed information regarding Operation and Maintenance funding. He recommends the establishment of sub-districts within the CRWD.

 

MOTION #WS03-12-01: Motion Liebrenz, seconded by Brunsell, to request Wenck Associates, Inc. to develop a cost proposal to delineate sub-districts in the CRWD. All Managers voted aye.

 

MOTION #WS03-12-02: Motion Liebrenz, seconded by Kampa, to apply for a Board of Water Soil and Water special project funding to be used in Kimball stormwater management. All Managers voted aye.

Administrator Anderson will relay this information to the city of Kimball and secure requirements of the grant proposal.

 

Administrator Anderson brought to the manager’s attention a recent conversation he had with Dan Lais, Department of Natural Resources Hydrologist, regarding a dredging/bog removal demonstration. Dan is willing to work with the CRWD in this effort.

 

Administrator Anderson has coordinated Restawhile Shores Sanitary Sewer System telemetry startup with Bill Hennen, Operator, and Dave Carlson, Developer. Dave is willing to contact the provider of the telemetry to determine what needs to be done to retrieve appropriate information from the telemetry system.

 

MOTION #WS03-12-03: Motion Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa to adjourn. All Managers voted aye.

 

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DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING THESE MINUTES IS AVAILABLE AT:

THE CRWD DISTRICT OFFICE 

Annandale, Minnesota

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Manager, Roland Froyen

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Secretary, Bob Schiefelbein

 

 

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