Clearwater River Watershed District

Board of Managers Meeting

March 7, 2007 - 7:00pm

Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN


Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7:00pm.

Managerís Bob Schiefelbein, Jerry Risberg, Dennis Loewen, and Marv Brunsell were present. Manager Kampa was absent. Others in attendance were Merle Anderson, Kelly Bergesch, Maggie Leach, Norm Wenck, and Jerry Carter.


Motion #07-03-1: Loewen, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adopt the agenda. All Managers voted aye.


Motion #07-03-2: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Managers voted aye.


Manager Risberg arrived.


Motion #07-03-3: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to pay bills. All Managers voted aye. Disbursements


Administrator Anderson explained that any district boundary change must be petitioned to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, along with all documentation.


Motion #07-03-4: Loewen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt CRWD policies 2007-1 and 2 regarding receipts and disbursements. All Managers voted aye.


Jerry Carter indicated that he would begin CRWD website renovation soon.


Engineer Norm Wenck reviewed the 2007 Water Quality Monitoring Plan.


Motion #07-03-5: Risberg, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to authorize the 2007 CRWD Water Quality Monitoring Plan at a cost not to exceed $19,700. All Managers voted aye.


Engineer Norm Wenck and Administrator Anderson reviewed the following Project 06-1 events:

1. Fish barrier design and DNR permit application for fish barriers have been completed.

2. Commercial fisherman agreement has been completed.

3. Monitoring Plan has been developed.


Administrator Anderson reviewed the following:

1. Kelly Bergesch to contact Jerry Truman regarding 2007 Milfoil Treatment Grant Application.

2. Kelly Bergesch to hand deliver check for volunteer liability insurance to Roth Insurance Agency.

3. MN Board of Water and Soil Resources Challenge Grant Applications are now being accepted. CRWD expects to apply for grant to assist in rain garden and feedlot upgrade efforts.

4. Received letter from Fred Bengtson, DNR explaining that the Wildlife Management Area near Swartout Lake is a Type 4 wetland.

5. Received letter from Ducks Unlimited explaining their willingness to participate in Project 06-1.

6. Received letter from Don Adams, Stearns County Environmental Services, regarding septage disposal.

7. Received letter from Dennis Libbesmeier acknowledging receipt of final land payment.

8. Received letter from Eden Valley Schools inviting CRWD to participate in Heroes Project.

9. Received notice of upcoming Stearns County Comprehensive Plan Update Meetings.

10. Wandering Ponds wastewater treatment system status.


Manager Risberg questioned whether or not maintenance billing for the Clearwater Harbor Area Sanitary Sewer System could be based on water usage. He is willing to compare water usage records with volume of septage entering the sewer system.


Engineer Norm Wenck and Maggie Leach, Minnesota PCA (Pollution Control Agency), explained the following TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) process:

1. TMDL Phase I: Review water quality data, identify data gaps, and develop work plan for Phase II.

2. TMDL Phase II: Water quality data collection, develop work plan for Phase III.

3. TMDL Phase III: Develop impairment loads and implementation for Phase IV for Environmental Protection Agency approval.

4. Implement TMDL Plan and monitor results for effectiveness.

Manager Schiefelbein provided a contact person regarding drainage ditch erosion in the City of Watkins.


Maggie Leach, MN PCA, informed the managers that operators who land apply human septage are required to be schooled in the proper procedures and also licensed by the State of Minnesota.


Manager Loewen noted the date for the 2007 Annandale Expo as being April 21, 2007, 8am-1pm, indicating that supplies for the CRWD display should be available prior to that date.


Motion #07-03-6: Loewen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adjourn.

All Managers voted aye.





Manager, Marvin Brunsell



Secretary, Mark Kampa