Clearwater River Watershed District
Board of Managers Meeting
October 8, 2008 - 7:00PM
Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN


Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7:00pm. Managerís Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Roland Froyen, Jerry Risberg, and Marvin Brunsell were present. Others in attendance were Norm Wenck, Administrator Merle Anderson, Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen, MPCA staff person Maggie Leach, and Meeker County Commissioner Wally Strand.

Motion #08-10-1: Schiefelbein, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the agenda. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #08-10-2: Risberg, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda. All Managers voted aye.

Maggie Leach, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, distributed the Clearwater River Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Fact Sheet that explains TMDL progress in the Clearwater River Watershed District.

Administrator Anderson distributed and reviewed the CRWD September 30, 2008 Advisory Committee recommendations regarding vegetation and sediment removal in lakes throughout the CRWD.

Motion #08-10-3: Froyen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the following CRWD Advisory Committee recommendations:

1. CRWD inform lakeshore residents of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommended allowable lake vegetation management to gain access to open water.

2. CRWD encourage lakeshore residents to develop common access channels to open water on lakes where heavy vegetation exists near shore.  All Managers voted aye.

Motion #08-10-4: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to pay bills and to invoice Maine Prairie Township for $736.00. All Managers voted aye. - Disbursements

Engineer Norm Wenck presented DNR aeration permits for signature, distributed Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts (MAWD) Project of the Year Award application packets, and a file transfer protocol proposal.

Motion #08-10-5: Risberg, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to accept the file transfer protocol proposal at a cost of $300 set-up and $50/month maintenance fee. All Managers voted aye.

Administrator Anderson will develop a Cedar Lake Project 06-1 budget for the Boardís consideration at the next meeting.

Assistant Administrator Loewen announced that the Delinquent Account Public Hearing date would be November 12, 2008 at 7:00pm.

Administrator Anderson informed the managerís that the City of Kimball stormwater management grant application has been submitted.

Manager Kampa indicated that DNR has not changed its aquatic plant management permit fee.

Managerís Kampa and Risberg reported the following regarding the Clearwater Harbor Sanitary Sewer System (CHSSS):

1. Wright/Hennepin Electric has installed a recorder at Pump #19.

2. Manager Kampa will provide results of the recorder.

3. Telemetry Controls, Inc. recommends that voltage monitors be installed on lift stations to prevent motors from starting during brownout or low voltage situations.

Manager Kampa reported that 60 people attended the Wright County Northwest Quadrant Research Management Area property owners Open House. The Wright County Resource Committee will review the comments and make recommendations regarding resource areas for the Wright County Comp Plan.

Engineer Norm Wenck distributed a memo regarding phosphorus load reduction based on installation of v-notch weirs south of Clear Lake. Manager Schiefelbein suggested that the CRWD consider a series of v-notch weirs to reduce the water level bounce on any one property. Administrator Anderson will continue working with property owners in this area.

Assistant Administrator Loewen is seeking access to county data to expedite his work with assessments and property owner lists.

Administrator Anderson reviewed the following:

1. Information relating to the state of Minnesota assessment for Cedar Lake Project 06-1.
2. Howard Schmidt reporting the removal of 14,000 pounds of carp from the Highway 55 carp trap.
3. Meeting of Anderson and Loewen with Dave Brostrum, consultant with and regarding the Upper Mississippi Source Water Protection Group.
4. Andersonís presentation regarding TMDL to Fairhaven and Lynden Townships.
5. Reviewed update for Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) legislative information.
6. MAWD annual meeting packets will arrive soon.

Manager Kampa reported that no progress has been made on the installation of a winch at the Grass Lake Dam.

Manager Froyen distributed Page 5 of the March 1985 Bog Report and encouraged the Board of Managerís to meet with Corinna Township Board of Supervisors regarding wastewater management in Corinna Township.

Manager Brunsell expressed his urgent concern for devices to restrict flying carp movement in and near the Clearwater River Watershed.

Motion #08-10-6: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to adjourn. All Managers voted aye.



Manager, Marvin Brunsell                                                       

Secretary, Mark Kampa