Clearwater River Watershed District
RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT
STANLEY’S RESTAURANT, KIMBALL
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
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.
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.
Hrubes, MPCA, explained that load allocations are the amount of pollution a
river can assimilate from either point sources or nonpoint sources.
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.
Saxton, Wright County SWCD, acknowledged the water quality monitoring data that
CRWD has developed.
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.
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.
Morris, Wright County NRCS, stressed the need for information and education
regarding corrective measures prior
to Phase 4.
Schiefelbein brought up that he feels that a 75% to 80% cost-share level of
assistance is needed in Phase 4.
Johnson and Chuck Rick left the meeting at 7:15p.m.
Brunsell distributed and reviewed information regarding Operation and
Maintenance funding. He recommends the establishment of sub-districts within the
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.
Anderson will relay this information to the city of Kimball and secure
requirements of the grant proposal.
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.
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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