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BRRWD Wraps Up 2020

The Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), held their last meeting of the year on December 14, 2020.  They discussed a number of topics, including a Phase 2 construction update for Project No. 79, Wolverton Creek Restoration.  Mulching along the channel is nearing completion and final Phase 2 cleanup work will be completed next spring when conditions permit.  According to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) Grant contract, easement options and acquisitions for Phases 1 and 2 will need to be completed by 6/30/21.  Staff will be working with landowners to complete easement negotiations with that deadline in mind.  The Managers also reviewed the Phase 1 and 2 easement option acquisition process for the Whiskey Creek Enhancement project.  Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Resource Specialist Craig Lingen is working with landowners on the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement acquisitions along the channel corridor.  The Board approved a motion to move forward with the easement option and temporary easement acquisitions with expectations that Phase 1 construction could begin later next summer after the required project hearing is held in early 2021. 

Other Business included: 

  • Approved the BRRWD’s 12/14/20 financial reports. Cash on hand is $2,913,097.14.  Income received since the 11/09/20 meeting totals $800,942.43, and for the year, totals $5,361,065.26.  The administrative disbursements since the last report totaled $29,694.58, and for the year is $398,130.11.  The Board also approved payment of the bills, totaling $358,526.42.

  • Approved permits to Mark Blaufuss to add an additional 18″ dia. pipe or to replace the existing 18″ dia. culvert with a new 24″ dia. pipe in a field approach in the SW¼, Section 25, Meadows Township, Wilkin County, subject to County approval to work within their road right-of-way (R/W); Pheasant Forever to restore 17 wetlands in Sections 7 and 8, Callaway Township, Becker County, by filling ditches, sediment removal, and potentially tile removal with the provision that any tile coming into the property from adjacent landowner tile systems should not be altered; Scott Holt to install random 8″ dia. tile in the SE¼NW¼, Section 33, Tansem Township, Clay County, in two low areas in his field, subject to our standard tiling disclaimer with the provision that Holt work with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) regarding the elevation of the inlet pipes; Jeff Mortenson to pattern tile 25 acres in the northwest corner of Section 25, Spring Prairie Township, Clay County, with a gravity outlet to a natural waterway, eventually to County Ditch (C.D.) No. 2, to which the land is assessed, subject to our standard tiling disclaimer; Thomas Radig to extend the ditch along the south edge of the neighboring property in the NW¼, Section 1, Breckenridge Township, Wilkin County, straight west to the ditch on the east side of County Road (C.R.) No. 10 and to install a new 30″ dia. culvert/field entrance off C.R. No. 10, eventually draining to C.D. No. 3, subject to County approval to work within their road R/W; Troy Larson to install a new culvert approximately 1′ lower than the existing culvert in the S½, Section 22, Akron Township, Wilkin County, on the south side of the section at the half-mile line, to convey existing tile water to C.D. No. 3, and to grade the ditch near the culvert to improve drainage, subject to township approval to work in the road R/W.

  • Approved a motion to work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to apply for a LSOHC Conservation Partners Legacy grant to remove a low water crossing in the City of Georgetown associated with the levee project, where log jams frequently build up. The grant requires a 10% match, which could come from USFWS federal funds.  The DNR has funding available for the project design.  The FM Diversion Authority has agreed to fund permanent flood protection for Georgetown, which involves closing the openings in the levee project. 

  • Approved the 2019 Annual Report, which is available on the BRRWD’s website.

  • Agreed to move forward with the development of a watershed management district (WMD) to assess an annual levy for a limited term to pay the local costs for a future comprehensive project to address drainage problems along the Glyndon East Tributary and long-term project maintenance. The potential WMD rates would be calculated based on discharge/runoff contribution and land use for agricultural land and properties within the City of Glyndon. 

  • Noted that the BRRWD recently received three grant awards totaling approximately $1 million for three of our current projects: Whiskey Creek Enhancement, Upper South Branch of the Buffalo River Channel Restoration, and Otter Tail River Habitat Restoration. 

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting and 2021 annual meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM in the BRRWD office, located at 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN.  Due to the COVID-19 emergency, our meetings are conducted online in accordance with Minnesota Statutes Annotated, Section 13D.021.  The conference line information is:  1-701-404-1699.  Conference ID: 365 708 012#.  If you wish to visit the BRRWD office in person, be aware that visitor screening and social distancing are in effect.  More information will be posted on the BRRWD’s website prior to the meeting at www.brrwd.org.