A few years ago, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) began investigation for replacement of the control structures for their Big 6 wetland complex. The Complex consists of Office Wetland, Eagle Pond, Hesby Wetland, Hass Wetland, Homstad Lake, and South Wetland located in Sections 1, 2, 11, and 12, T139N, R42W (Audubon Township), Becker County, near the Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building site (the main headquarter building has since been demolished). Three of the basins (Eagle, Hesby, and Homstad) are located on Branch No. 4 of Becker County Ditch No. 15. At this time, the USFWS would like to replace the outlet structures for Eagle Pond, Homstad Lake, Hass Wetland, Office (Northwest) Wetland and Hesby Wetland. No change is proposed for South Wetland.
The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD) has scheduled a Becker C.D. No. 15 system hearing regarding the proposed structure replacements on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the BRRWD Office, 1303 4th AVE N, Barnesville, MN. The documents below pertain to information relevant to the upcoming hearing.