Clearwater River Restoration & Protection Phase II Project

The Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) completed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies in 2009. As part of those studies, the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) identified sources of bacteria, sediment and oxygen demand to the Clearwater River and corresponding lakes. Since 2009, work has been undertake by the CRWD and others to address these sources. However, by 2015 it became appearent both an update to the existing source inventory as well as an increased investment in best managment practices (BMPs) adoption at the field-scale was needed.


As such, in 2015 the CRWD applied for and received a $72,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency via its Clean Water Partnership Program. This grant was funded via the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. Total project cost is estimated at $144,000. The projects goals are:

  • Reduce sediment and bacteria concentrations in the Clearwater River as comapre to concentrations measured in 2014.
  • Increase willingness on part of area landowners to implement BMPs to address sediment and bacteria loading to receiving waters, as measured by enrollment in CRWD or other partners' programs


Currently, the source inventory update is complete. A report summarizing that work can be viewed below. Currently, the CRWD is working on developing agreements with private landowners, then designing and implementing BMPs on private lands. The project will continue until all funds are expended or until August 2018, whichever comes first.


This project is being completed due to the cooperation between the Clearwater River Watershed District, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and local property owners. Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment Logo
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Project Documents

Clearwater River Restoration & Protection Phase II Report- BMP Siting