BRRWD Welcomes New Administrator

At their regular meeting, held on November 23, 2020, at 7:00 PM in Barnesville, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), welcomed Kristine M. Altrichter, who will assume the position of BRRWD Administrator on a full-time basis in the Barnesville office.  She will work directly with the Board of Managers for policy development, constituent services, and general support, as well as manage all District activities and budgets.  Altrichter’s educational background and experience in natural resource management will be a great asset to the BRRWD.

Other Business included:

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s 11/23/20 financial status. Cash on hand was $2,471,977.70.  Income received since the 10/13/20 meeting totaled $1,670.53, and for the year, totaled $4,561,793.36.  The Board also approved payment of the bills, totaling $358,152.46.

  • Approved permits to Connie Seidler to pattern tile the NE¼ and the east 80 acres of the NW¼, Section 28, Sunnyside Township, Wilkin County, outletting partially into the Bois de Sioux Watershed District (BdSWD), subject to our standard tiling disclaimer and BdSWD permit approval and conditions; and Mike Opatril to install an 18″ dia. culvert/approach crossing in the northwest corner of the SE¼, Section 4, Riverton Township, Clay County.

  • Approved Pay Request No. 2 for Gladen Construction, Inc.’s work to date on Phase 2 of the Wolverton Creek Restoration project in the amount of $276,337.52 and Change Order No. 2 for a $29,410.99 net increase in Gladen’s contract.

  • Approved the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) Findings and Order for Project No. 80, Stony Creek Water Resource Management Project. As a result of the EAW, the BRRWD determined that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was not needed for the project.

  • Accepted the Engineer’s Report for the Whiskey Creek Enhancement project in Wilkin County. The Report will be forwarded to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for comments prior to a future project hearing.  The Board also authorized signature of an application submittal letter for a potential United States Fish and Wildlife Service Great Plains Fish Habitat Partnership grant.

  • Adopted the final One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) for the Buffalo-Red River watershed. All the local government units (LGUs) involved with the 1W1P process will also need to adopt the Plan.

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.