BRRWD Votes to Transition Staff

On January 25, 2021, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), held a special meeting at 5:30 PM to discuss transitioning their current Houston Engineering, Inc. office staff to BRRWD employment.  At 7:00 PM, the Board convened their regular meeting and approved a motion to move forward with the staff transition within the next 90 days. 

Other Business included: 

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s 1/25/21 financial status. Cash on hand is $2,896,273.25.  Income received since the 1/11/21 meeting totaled $242,820.84.  The Board approved bills totaling $260,587.63.

  • Approved permits to Richard Schultz to add a field approach/48″ dia. equivalent culvert to access the NW¼, Section 6, Elkton Township, Clay County, on Clay County Ditch (C.D.) No. 21-Lateral 1, subject to the referenced pipe size; and Harmon Tande to install 184 acres of pattern tile, outletting via a lift station in the northwest corner of the SW¼, Section 24, Oakport Township, Clay County, draining north in the east ditch of County Road No. 90 to Clay C.D. No. 35, subject to our standard tiling disclaimer.

  • Accepted the Engineer’s Report for the Glyndon East Tributary Restoration, extending from Trunk Highway (T.H.) No. 9 southeast of Glyndon into Section 21, Riverton Township, Clay County, and outletting to the Buffalo River north of Glyndon in Section 35, Moland Township, Clay County. The project’s estimated cost is approximately $1.1 million to $1.2 million.  Funding sources could be the One Watershed, One Plan Watershed Based Implementation funding, a potential BRRWD district-wide levy contribution, and the creation of a watershed management district to provide for the local share of the costs for the initial project construction and annual maintenance. 

  • Authorized the engineering staff to attend the Wolverton City Council meeting in February to provide them with an update on the details of future flood protection for Wolverton, which was included in the FM Diversion Authority’s Settlement Agreement with the BRRWD.

  • Authorized signature of a joint application form for activities affecting water resources for Phase 1 of the Upper South Branch of the Buffalo River Restoration project in Wilkin County. The Board also signed the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources 2021 Clean Water Fund grant agreement for Phase 2 of the project, which will include side inlet installations and the implementation of Best Management Practices along the river channel in Wilkin County from T.H. No. 9 downstream to the Clay County line. 

  • Approved a motion to continue to work to develop an agreement with Harvest Hope Farm to graze portions of the Oakport Flood Mitigation non-levee sites with rental rates to be determined pending further investigation. Audubon Dakota plans to assist in preparing a grazing plan that would benefit the Oakport project’s native plantings. 

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their regular meeting on Monday, February 8, 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 phone number is 1-701-404-1699.  Conference ID: 365 708 012#.  If you wish to visit the BRRWD office in person, be aware that masks and social distancing are required.  More information will be posted on the BRRWD’s website prior to the meeting at www.brrwd.org