BRRWD Approves Orders

At their March 22, 2021, regular meeting held at 7:00 PM in Barnesville, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), considered the Findings and Order for the buffer installations on Clay County Ditch (C.D.) Nos. 5, 10, 59, and 65.  The Managers approved the Findings and Order. 

The Board held a petition hearing at 6:00 PM for the NE¼, Section 35, Deerhorn Township, Wilkin County, to use Wilkin C.D. No. 13 and its Lateral as an outlet for the subsurface (tile) drainage.  During their regular meeting, the Board approved the Findings and Order for the petition. 

Other Business included: 

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s 3/22/21 financial report. Cash on hand is $2,462,480.21.  Income received since the 3/8/21 meeting totals $96,421.50, and for the year, totals $582,419.56.  Year to date Accounts Receivables total $14,350,263.10.  The Board approved bills totaling $54,643.19.

  • Approved permits to Bryan Kritzberger to install tile in the NE¼, Section 35, Deerhorn Township, Wilkin County, outletting to the C.D. No. 13 ditch system; Curtis Stubstad to tile a portion of the field south of Whisky Creek in the NE¼, Section 19, Barnesville Township, Clay County, outletting to Whisky Creek, with a condition that the tile and lift station be kept a minimum of 100′ south of the channel centerline; Ross Aigner for three tile projects: pattern tile the east headland in the NE¼, Section 7, Mitchell Township, Wilkin County, outletting in the northeast corner of the field to Wilkin C.D. No. 26, 91 acres of pattern tile in the E½, Section 1, Mitchell Township, Wilkin County, outletting southwest from a lift station to a treatment wetland and then via gravity flow to Wilkin C.D. No. 22-Lateral 3, and 106 acres of pattern tile in the SE¼, Section 4, Manston Township, Wilkin County, outletting from a lift station in the northwest corner of the section to a treatment wetland then via gravity to the Trunk Highway No. 9 ditch, and eventually to the South Branch of the Buffalo River; Paul Daugherty to pattern tile the NE¼, Section 22, Holy Cross Township, Clay County, outletting via gravity to C.D. No. 53; and Tansem Township to lower the culvert in 180th AVE S to the approximate original elevation in the SW¼, Section 35, Tansem Township, Clay County.  All tiling permits are subject to our standard tiling disclaimer. 

  • Received a report from Ben Underhill, Water Planner/Watershed Coordinator, East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), on the Lower Otter Tail Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Study. The WRAPS report can be used to identify and prioritized impaired resources in the Lower Otter Tail River watershed to enable the implementation of best management practices.  Local government entities will be able to use the data to prioritize projects and funding opportunities through the One Watershed, One Plan watershed-based funding. 

  • Agreed to submit Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) 2022 funding applications for the continuation of the Upper South Branch of the Buffalo River Restoration in Wilkin County, Whisky Creek Restoration southwest of Barnesville in Barnesville Township, Clay County, and the Upper Buffalo River Restoration in Callaway Township, Becker County.

  • Approved the International Water Institute’s water quality monitoring contract for the 2021 season. The project budget is estimated not to exceed $23,250. 

  • Approved a $22,000 contribution to the Wilkin SWCD for their 2021 Conservation Marketing and Technical Assistance program.

  • Approved a revision of the BRRWD’s standard tiling permit conditions/disclaimers. The updated permit conditions can be found at brrwd.org.

  • Approved a BRRWD contribution to the Whiskey Creek Enhancement project for up to 20% of the total project costs to be raised by a Minnesota Statutes Annotated (M.S.A.) 103D.905, Subd. 3, district-wide general levy.

  • Authorized the BRRWD Administrator to sign a Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Targeted Watershed Continuation grant agreement amendment for the Wolverton Creek Project.

  • Reviewed the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) for Clay County and the Cities of Moorhead and Dilworth, and the revised the Emergency Response Plans (ERP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). The Board authorized submittal of the MS4 MOUs, the MS4 Part 2 permit application, and the MS4 Annual Report and approved the changes to the ERP and SOP to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. 

  • Upcoming hearings/meetings: Whiskey Creek Hearing-Wednesday, April 7, 2021; Clay C.D. Nos. 2, 3, and 35, Buffer Strip Hearing-Thursday, April 8, 2021; and Glyndon East Tributary Informational Meeting-Monday, April 12, 2021.  All meetings will be held at 6:00 PM in the Barnesville office with online options. 

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM in the BRRWD office, located at 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN.  Due to the COVID-19 emergency, meetings are conducted online in accordance with M.S.A. Section 13D.021.  The conference line phone number is 1-701-404-1699.  Conference ID: 365 708 012#.  If you wish to visit the BRRWD office in person, masks and social distancing are required.  More information will be posted on the BRRWD’s website prior to the meeting at www.brrwd.org.