Monthly Archives: February 2016

BRRWD Hosts FDR Forums

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Flood Damage Reduction Forums

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Initially organized in 1960, enlarged in 1976 following the 1975 summer storm, and enlarged again in 2012, the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD) now covers approximately 1,785 square miles in parts of Clay, Becker, Wilkin, and Otter Tail Counties. Our current mission statement reads, “To alleviate flooding and to manage the water resources of the District in the manner that best protects this valuable resource.”  One of BRRWD’s primary goals is to address damages caused by flooding.  The recent wet cycle we experienced (1993-2011) reinforced the need for flood damage reduction (fdr).  The BRRWD has been able to complete several fdr projects, including Whisky Creek Tributaries, northwest of Barnesville; Stony Creek Detention, northeast of Barnesville; Hay Creek Detention, between Barnesville and Hawley; Stinking Lake Detention, northwest of Lake Park; and our most recent project in 2015, the Manston Slough Restoration.  Because of the diversity found throughout the BRRWD, the BRRWD has been broken down into nine individual planning regions.  Each of these regions has runoff volume reduction goals, measured in terms of acre-feet of storage.  Our current Revised Watershed Management Plan identifies the need for 150,000-175,000 acre-feet of storage across the District.  While we’ve had some major accomplishments, there is a need for additional fdr projects throughout the District. 

The BRRWD uses the Mediation Agreement Project Team process, identified by the Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group (RRBFDRWG), where six to eight meetings are held annually with our various partners, including federal, state, and local agencies, as well as landowners, to identify and advance project development on sites that can provide both fdr and natural resource enhancement (nre) benefits.

Please plan on attending one of our upcoming Forums. All meetings will follow the same agenda, but have been located throughout the District for convenience.  Meetings will be held from 9:00 AM to Noon, followed by a free lunch.  Meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 15, at the Gerald Nordick farmstead, 2675 250th ST, Rothsay, MN; Friday, March 18, BRRWD office, 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN; and Tuesday, March 22, American Legion, Lake Park, MN. 

The Cost of FDR and Ways to Finance 

FDR project development can be complex. We need sites that are capable of storing water, a source for that water, soils on site that are conducive to holding water, and most importantly, landowners within a proposed storage area who are willing to work with the BRRWD.  Once a site is identified, and the initial criteria are met, then preliminary engineering work is done, a geotechnical investigation is completed, the permitting process is started, and last but not least, we need to search for the necessary funding to construct a project. 

FDR project costs can vary from $1,000 per acre-foot of storage (low end) to $2,000 per acre-foot of storage (high end). The BRRWD is currently working on several sites that could hold 8,000-10,000 acre-feet of temporary water containment.  The cost for a site capable of holding 8,000 acre-feet could range from $8-$16 million.  Ways to finance this type of project include general taxation across the BRRWD.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has funding available through their FDR program, which is usually handled through the State Legislature’s bonding process.  The State of Minnesota could fund up to 50% of a project’s costs.  Other funding sources include the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), (lottery proceeds) and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) (sales tax).  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has several programs such as Wetlands Reserve Enhancement (WRE), the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). 

Another option would be for the BRRWD to rejoin the Red River Watershed Management Board (RRWMB). This organization was formed in the Red River Basin of the North in Minnesota following the 1975 summer flood as a way to levy for fdr projects.  The BRRWD was a RRWMB member from 1981-2002.  At the present time, the BRRWD is considering rejoining that organization as a funding source for future fdr projects.  The current taxable market value of the BRRWD is $7,856,233,700.  If we were a RRWMB member in 2016, their taxation would raise $2,849,456.  Of this amount, the BRRWD would keep one-half of the proceeds and the other half would be remitted to the RRWMB to redistribute to their members for fdr projects that meet their criteria.  The BRRWD’s total tax levy in 2016 is $1,421,927.  Part of this general levy would be replaced with the local one-half of the RRWMB’s funds.  Had we been a RRWMB member in 2016, the total BRRWD levy would have increased to $3,099,456, or approximately 2.2 times greater than the current levy.  We understand that this is an important issue to the taxpayers of our District and ask that you consider attending one of our upcoming Forums to learn more about our fdr goals, the cost of fdr, and possible ways to finance future fdr projects. 

BRRWD Schedules Landowner Forums

 

At their 02/22/16 meeting held in Barnesville, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), discussed a series of landowner forums that will be held throughout the District in March 2016, to discuss flood damage reduction (fdr). Meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 15, at the Gerald Nordick farm, Rothsay, MN; Friday, March 18, at the BRRWD Office in Barnesville; and Tuesday, March 22, at the American Legion, Lake Park, MN.  The forums will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude by 12 noon, followed by a free noon lunch.  The agenda at all three meetings will be the same.  Distributing the meetings throughout the District will hopefully encourage landowner participation.  The agenda will talk about the need for fdr, the BRRWD’s goals in this regard, the cost of doing fdr projects, and possible ways to finance these projects.  One source of potential funding could come from rejoining the Red River Watershed Management Board (RRWMB).  However, if we were a member of the RRWMB in 2016, the local BRRWD tax would approximately double.

The Board also spent time at their meeting discussing easement values for fdr sites. Chuck Anderson, ARC Appraisals, presented some of his findings in that regard.  Anderson said that each County determines land values based on the crop equivalency rating (CER).  Then based on recent land sales, the numbers are adjusted accordingly.  The Board noted that the preferred method for acquiring easements would be a one-time payment to the landowner.  Other factors included that this is a one-time, up-front payment, and that if a particular landowner experienced crop damage because of the project, Federal Crop Insurance would not pay for that loss.  There was also some discussion that certain lands within a particular project site may also have tiling, where the landowner has a considerable investment.  Office staff will draft up a fact sheet for the Board’s consideration regarding easement values.  The last time the BRRWD came up with a formula for fdr easements, was back in the early 1980s, when the values were set at $800/acre for cropland, $500/acre for hay/pasture lands, and $150/acre for non-ag areas.  There was some discussion about setting the current easement payment rate at 125% of the taxable market value for a particular parcel.

Other business included:

  • A review of the BRRWD’s financial statements. Current cash on hand is $700,164.88.

  • Approval of permits to: Roger Minch for approximately 47 acres of pattern tiling to outlet into Stony Creek in the SE¼, Section 17, Humboldt Township, Clay County; the City of Barnesville for the infrastructure needed in the Del Acres Gilbertson Expansion Second Addition; Gerald Nordick to re-align approximately 220′ of existing waterway crossing his property in the SW¼, Section 23, Meadows Township, Wilkin County; and Peter Fjestad to install two tile lines to address low areas in the SE¼, Section 2, Carlisle Township, Otter Tail County.

  • Noting that a list of alternatives has been mailed to landowners in the SW¼, Section 33, Barnesville Township, Clay County, regarding an approach that was removed last fall along 180th AVE S.

  • Noting that a landowner meeting was held on 02/19/16 regarding possible drainage alternatives for lands located in Sections 5 and 6, Wolverton Township, Wilkin County. A study was conducted by Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) that looked at alternatives for this area west of Trunk Highway No. 75. Bruce Albright, BRRWD Administrator, said that those landowners at the meeting understood that it will be up to them to determine which alternative they may want to develop. They could either install the ditch on the south side of County Road No. 50 via the BRRWD’s permitting system, or they could petition to make it a legal drainage system in accordance with Minnesota Drainage Law.

  • Reviewed a final cost analysis completed by staff regarding the Manston Slough Restoration Project. This project was completed in the fall of 2014. Total project costs were $6,348,642. Outside funding sources including the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), who furnished $4,134,237, or about 65% of the project costs. The local share which is split two-thirds to the BRRWD and their general taxation and one-third to the benefitted landowners as determined by the Appraisers Report, totals $2,214,405. The bond sale for the project was held in 2013 in the amount of $1,339,054. Locally, the BRRWD still needs to come up with approximately $806,000 and the local landowners share would be $294,000. Local funding will be addressed at the BRRWD’s 2017 Budget Hearing to be held in late August/early September. The BRRWD also reviewed the Preliminary Wetland Restoration Plan of Operation (WRPO) as prepared by the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) for the Stuehrenberg and Van Wechel properties located within the Manston Slough Project. No problems were noted.

  • Discussed the status of Project 49, Oakport Flood Mitigation. The project contractor, RJ Zavoral and Sons, Inc., East Grand Forks, MN, plans to start clearing and grubbing in the next several weeks (weather permitting). There are still several landowners on Phase 4 that need to be contacted to renew their temporary construction easements. Those easements were initially acquired, but expired in 2013 due to the lack of State funding to complete this phase.

  • Received an update from HEI regarding six potential ringdike projects. The 2015 Legislature, allocated $400,000 to the Red River Basin of the North for ringdikes. Two of the sites should qualify for NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding.

  • Received the 2015 dam inspection reports for nine fdr projects owned and operated by the BRRWD. Copies of the reports have been furnished to the DNR. The Board approved any repairs needed to restore the integrity of the dams.

  • Received updates on several comprehensive projects currently being studied by the BRRWD through the Mediation Project Team (PT) process. The next PT meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM in the BRRWD office. Active studies include Barnesville Township Comprehensive Drainage, Stony Creek, and the South Branch of the Buffalo River in Wilkin County.

  • Noting that work continues on the update of the BRRWD’s Revised Watershed Management Plan. Hopes are that HEI and BRRWD staff will have a draft copy for the Board’s review at the 03/14/16 meeting.

  • To comply with the 2015 Buffer Law, HEI staff is currently working with the DNR to furnish them with all of the mapping regarding our legal drains. The BRRWD is the “Drainage Authority” for 84 systems in Wilkin, Becker, and Clay Counties.

  • Planned attendance for a Diversion Authority (DA) meeting to be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 12 noon at the Fargo City Commission room, to review a new Joint Powers Agreement. Albright noted that the DA has asked for a tabulation of the BRRWD’s fdr project costs since 2009. That information was furnished. For Oakport, the costs total $34.3 million and for Georgetown $4.3 million.

  • Noting that a landowner informational meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 7:00 PM in the Courtroom, Wilkin County Courthouse, Breckenridge, MN with landowners along the Otter Tail River from Orwell Dam to the City of Breckenridge. The BRRWD has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to study this stretch. The EPA grant will be supplemented with a grant obtained through the Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation District from BWSR. Parts of the Otter Tail River were straightened back in the early 1950s with an Army Corps of Engineers project. That project is now degrading and based on a 2006 Total Maximum Daily Load study completed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, approximately 40,000 tons of soil is being moved annually from the Otter Tail River through Breckenridge.

  • Noting that the BRRWD will host a bus tour of the North Ottawa Project as developed by the Bois de Sioux Watershed District on April 8, 2016. The bus will leave the Barnesville office at 9:00 AM. We should be able to take approximately 40 people. Sign-ups will be based on a first come, first served basis. Interested landowners should contact the BRRWD office.

  • The Board spent some time going over their draft updated Rules. The BRRWD’s current rules were established in 1979. A new section includes information and permitting requirements regarding subsurface drainage (tile) activities. For each planning region, existing gauge stations operated by the United States Geological Survey can be used to determine whether or not tiling in a particular area may need to be stopped during flood periods.

  • Discussed potential funding sources for the Wolverton Creek Restoration Project. BWSR has their Targeted Watershed Program, with applications due March 9, 2016. They have $8,750,000 available. Once the initial applications are scored by BWSR staff, if selected, the next step would be the interview phase, which would be taking place March 29-April 5. Albright and Erik S. Jones, Engineer, HEI, met with Brian Dwight and Pete Waller, BWSR, on 02/22/16 to discuss the program. The Wolverton Creek Project has been submitted two times in the past for this funding, but not selected. Dwight said it is important to be able to tell the “pollution story”. Another potential funding source is the Environment of Natural Resources Trust Fund which is handled through the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources. They are currently taking applications for their 2017 funding priorities, which would begin on July 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until Monday, March 21. If submitted by March 11, 2016, LCCMR staff will be available to assist and review draft proposals. The Board approved a motion to authorize BRRWD staff/HEI to submit both applications.

  • Discussed the 18th Annual Joint Conference of the RRWMB and the Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group scheduled for March 23-24, 2016, Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead, MN.

  • Noting that Managers Van Amburg, Fjestad, and Hanson, along with BRRWD Administrator, Bruce E. Albright, plan on attending the upcoming 2016 Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts Legislative Reception and Day at the Capitol on March 30-31.

  • Approved the payment of bills totaling $12,713.97.

The next meeting of the Board of Managers, BRRWD, is scheduled for Monday, March 14, 2016, at 7:00 PM in the Barnesville Office located at 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN. All meetings are open to the public.  For more information, please visit our website at www.brrwd.org.

BRRWD Receives Awards

“BRRWD IS 2015 WATERSHED DISTRICT OF THE YEAR”

At the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts (MAWD) 2015 Annual Meeting and Trade Show held in Alexandria on December 3-5, 2015, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD) received two awards.

The first award, titled “Watershed District of the Year” was presented by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 

DNR Watershed District of the Year, left to right: Gerald L. Van Amburg, Chairman, Brea L. Kobiela, Manager, Bruce E. Albright, Administrator, John E. Hanson, Secretary, Peter V. Fjestad, Vice Chairman, and Luke Skinner, Director, Ecological and Water Resources, DNR.

Left to right: Gerald L. Van Amburg, Chairman, Brea L. Kobiela, Manager, Bruce E. Albright, Administrator, John E. Hanson, Secretary, Peter V. Fjestad, Vice Chairman, and Luke Skinner, Director, Ecological and Water Resources, DNR.

Presenting the award was Luke Skinner, Director, Division of Ecological and Water Resources.  The award was a 28″ x 36″ Les Kouba artist’s proof framed print, titled “Evening Flight Mallards”.  He cited several reasons why the BRRWD was the recipient, including: the recent development of the Manston Slough Restoration Project, the BRRWD’s involvement with the Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group and the Mediation Project Team process, a willingness to work with agencies and landowners to develop natural resource enhancement (nre) and flood damage reduction (fdr) projects, and the recent restoration of the Buffalo River in Hawley Minnesota.  BRRWD Administrator, said, “This is the third time since the early 1980s that the BRRWD has been selected as the “Watershed District of the Year” by the Minnesota DNR.  We want to thank all the other resource partners, including the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, for being able to work on meaningful fdr and nre projects.”

The second award was presented by MAWD for the “2015 Project of the Year” to the BRRWD for their Manston Slough Restoration Project.

Left to right: Peter V. Fjestad, Vice Chairman, Brea L. Kobiela, Manager, John E. Hanson, Secretary, Gerald L. Van Amburg, Chairman, Bruce E. Albright, Administrator, Mark T. Anderson, Treasurer, and Erik S. Jones, Project Engineer, Houston Engineering, Inc., and MAWD Awards Committee Co-Chair, Ruth Schaffer.

Left to right: Peter V. Fjestad, Vice Chairman, Brea L. Kobiela, Manager, John E. Hanson, Secretary, Gerald L. Van Amburg, Chairman, Bruce E. Albright, Administrator, Mark T. Anderson, Treasurer, and Erik S. Jones, Project Engineer, Houston Engineering, Inc., and MAWD Awards Committee Co-Chair, Ruth Schaffer.

The Manston Slough Restoration Project was a collaboration of a number of local, State, and Federal partners.  Thirty three landowners also volunteered to sign easements for the project.  

Initially drained in the late 1800s by State Ditch 15, Manston Slough had been a historic wetland and waterfowl area.  About 10 years ago, the BRRWD brought together all of the parties to discuss a multiuse, comprehensive project that could achieve multiple goals.  In 2014, the BRRWD completed the $6 million project.  The project benefits include 5,446 acre-feet of temporary flood storage, restoration of a 1,150 acre wetland, 2,053 acres of Wetland Reserve Program buffers, and ground water recharge for the Buffalo Aquifer.  The project area encompasses over 7,000 acres of public recreational opportunities.  The site is located at the base of the beach ridge with a watershed of 25.6 square miles in Manston Township, Wilkin County.  Two structures were installed to provide fdr and nre benefits on lands owned by the DNR and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.  The project allows for management of a wetland pool to elevation of 972′.  The flood damage reduction pool could raise to elevation 974′.

Bruce Albright, BRRWD Administrator, wanted to thank all of the partners and landowners for making this project a reality and that 2014/2015 was a year for completion of several large projects for the BRRWD, including the Georgetown Flood Control Levee, Manston Slough Restoration, and securing the funding needed to complete the Oakport Flood Mitigation Project in 2016. The BRRWD looks forward to working with our partners and landowners regarding the search for the next major comprehensive fdr/nre project.

For more information regarding the BRRWD, please visit our website at www.brrwd.org.

BRRWD Discusses Drainage Ditch Slope Failures

At their meeting held on Monday, February 8, 2016, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), discussed slope failures that are occurring along several of their drainage systems in Clay County. There are two sites along Clay County Ditch (C.D.) No. 10 in Section 16, Morken Township and Section 13, Kragnes Township.  In 2015, Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI), along with geotechnical review from Terracon, completed an evaluation of alternatives to fix the slope failures.  An alternative to deal with the slumping is to move either the ditch or paralleling road bed to provide for a flatter slope.  Engineers are recommending a combination of granular fill and cellular concrete to repair the slumping which would not require road or ditch realignments.  The estimated cost for repair of both sites is $76,340.  The information will be reviewed with Morken Township since the slope failures are along their roadway (130th AVE N).

A second analysis was furnished for Clay C.D. No. 32 where there are three slope failures. Two of the sites are located in Section 16, Kurtz Township and the third site is located in Section 17, Kurtz Township.  The total cost estimate for the repair is $217,636.  The repair survey and proposed design work will be reviewed with the Clay County Highway Department as 80th AVE S is also County Road No. 67.

Four slope failure sites along Clay C.D. No. 33 were also discussed. Those sites are located along 90th AVE S.  The estimated repair cost is $390,000 to $465,000.  The information will be reviewed with Kurtz Township. 

Other business included:

  • Noting that the BRRWD’s bank balance totals $823,471.14. Including recent receipts from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the Hawley Buffalo River Restoration ($253,376.56) and the closeout of the Georgetown Flood Control Levee ($200,264.42). The 2016 potential accounts receivables total $9,416,697.

  • Issuance of a permit to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for a mill and overlay project on Trunk Highway No. 59. In addition to the road surface work, approximately two center line culverts and fifteen driveway/approach culverts will be either cleaned or replaced. In all cases, existing culvert sizes and elevations will be maintained.

  • Authorized HEI to conduct a drainage investigation involving Sections 20, 21, 28, and 29, Manston Township, Wilkin County. Work in this area involves a natural watercourse that drains into the Manston Slough Restoration Project. Affected landowners are interested in addressing erosion, flooding, and sedimentation concerns. One of the alternatives will be possibly straightening the channel. The estimated cost of the study is $1,500-$2,500.

  • Noting that a conference will be held on 02/16/16 regarding scheduling of the hearing needed for Project No. 77, Clay C.D. No. 51, Proposed–Lateral No. 3 appeal/lawsuit.

  • HEI presented an Honor Award to the BRRWD for the Manston Slough Restoration Project. HEI submitted the project to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota.

  • Noting that a preconstruction meeting was held on January 29, 2016, with RJ Zavoral and Sons regarding their work on Phase 4 of the Oakport Flood Mitigation Project. The contractor intends to start clearing and grubbing in the next several weeks. The project’s substantial completion date is October 31, 2016. The Board also discussed the status of negotiations with the Fischer family regarding a stock pile of material located on their property that will be used to finish Phase 4. Recent discussions included the size of the area being utilized by the storage pile. Initially, the BRRWD obtained a temporary easement for 5.63 acres. The project’s engineer, Ulteig Engineers, Inc., measured the current stock pile using 4.24 acres. The Board agreed to use the larger number in attempt to settle this issue.

  • Noting that the office has received the final DNR payment regarding Project No. 39, Georgetown Flood Control Levee. The current amount in that account is -$89,085.86. Some of those costs will be offset with a reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Cleanup work will be expected this spring. Progress has been made regarding a condemnation issue involving U.S. Bank.

  • Interviews continue with several interested ringdike candidates. Farmstead ringdikes should qualify for Environmental Quality Incentive Program funding through the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The Red River Watershed Management Board received a grant through the DNR of $400,000 following the 2015 Legislative session for ringdikes in the Red River Valley. The BRRWD is currently working with six potential candidates. Landowners interested in the farmstead ringdike program should contact the Watershed Office.

  • Noting that the next Mediation Project Team meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 1:30 PM in the Watershed Office.

  • Regarding the Barnesville Township Investigation, teleconferences were held last week with NuStar and Magellan Pipelines. Both companies have pipelines running through the project area and seem agreeable to work with the Watershed on project development. The Watershed Office continues to work on an easement value factsheet that the Managers can use to set prices that they are willing to pay for flood damage reduction easements.

  • Noting that the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has approved the boundary petition filed by the BRRWD and the Bois De Sioux Watershed District. The order changes the Watershed District boundaries to more accurately align the hydrological and legal boundaries. The Watershed Office will work with the two County Auditors (Wilkin/Otter Tail) and the State Auditor’s Office to make sure they have the correct legal descriptions.

  • Work continues on the Revised Watershed Management Plan (RWMP). All draft sections have now been completed and are being reviewed by BRRWD Administrator, Bruce Albright. The Board should see a complete “draft” of the RWMP at their 03/14/16 meeting.

  • Noting changes to the 2015 Buffer Strip Legislation. Governor Dayton announced last week that he would retreat on his demand that buffer strips be required on all private ditches within the benefitting area of a legal ditch system. With the change, the legislation now requires that all “protected” waters have a 50′ buffer and all legal drainage systems have the required one-rod (16.5′) buffer. On a county by county basis, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be required to come up with a third level of mapping regarding additional waterways/ditches that may need buffers and did not meet the preceding requirements. However, counties only need to develop the map, and it will be up to each county as to whether or not they want to develop an ordinance requiring that these waterways/ditches also be buffered. Albright will be meeting with the Clay County Board of Commissioners on 02/23/16, to discuss the ongoing efforts in Clay County to meet the Legislative requirements.

  • Noting that Albright and Erik Jones, Engineer, HEI, will be meeting with representatives from BWSR on 02/22/16, to discuss the Targeted Watershed Program. The nomination period will run from February 1 through March 9 with the BWSR Board selecting watersheds at their 05/25/16 meeting. The BRRWD has been talking about submitting the Stony Creek Project west of Barnesville and the Wolverton Creek Restoration Project between Comstock and Wolverton. BWSR will have $8,757,000 available for the selected projects. Other potential funding sources include the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. That application deadline is March 11, 2016. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council funding is also being considered for Wolverton Creek.

  • Discussed a tentative date of Friday, April 1, 2016, to meet with the BRRWD’s Advisory Committee. The meeting will start at 1:30 PM in the Barnesville Watershed Office. Advisory committee membership was reviewed. Additional committee members will be sought from Becker and Clay Counties. Interested individuals should contact the Watershed Office.

  • Discussed reservations for the upcoming 2016 Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts Legislative Reception and Day at the Capitol which will be held on March 30-31, 2016, in St. Paul.

  • Approved payment of bills totaling $202,374.42.

The next meeting of the Board of Managers, BRRWD, is scheduled for Monday, February 22, 2016, at 7:00 PM in the Barnesville Office located at 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN. All meetings are open to the public.  For more information, please visit our website at www.brrwd.org.