BRRWD Approves Buffer Orders

At their May 24, 2021, regular meeting held in Barnesville at 7:00 PM, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), approved the Findings and Order for the Clay County Ditch (C.D.) Nos. 12, 21, 55, 58, and 69 buffer strip installations  The hearing for the buffer installation was held on 5/13/21.  

Other Business included: 

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s 5/24/21 financial update. Cash on hand is $2,910,303.95.  Income received since the 5/10/21 meeting totals $249,222.53, and for the year, totals $2,092,749.73.  Year to date Account Receivables total $14,693,120.38.  The Board approved bills totaling $556,186.19.

  • Awarded the construction contract for the Clay C.D. No. 3 repairs in Section 8, Moland Township, to Northern States Excavating, Inc., Fargo, ND, for their bid of $81,282.

  • Received an update of the 2022 Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Grant application for Phase 2 of the Buffalo River Watershed Stream Habitat Program. The funding is targeted for District-wide stream restoration projects, including the Upper Buffalo River channel in Becker County and the Upper South Branch of the Buffalo River channel in Wilkin County.  Additional potential sites in Clay County could include the Glyndon East Tributary restoration project and the Whisky Creek and its south tributary restoration west of Barnesville. 

  • Discussed updating the BRRWD’s Advisory Committee membership roster. Each Manager will contact potential Committee candidates from their respective counties. 

  • Reviewed a request from the Army Corps of Engineers to purchase 0.5 wetland credits from the BRRWD’s wetland bank by August 2021 to mitigate impacts from the FM Diversion Red River Control Structure on the Minnesota side of the Red River.

  • Reviewed an offer from the Red River Watershed Management Board (RRWMB) to participate in their Light Detection and Ranging data collection effort in the Red River Valley. The RRWMB offered to include non-member Watershed Districts at their member rate of $125-$150/square mile. 

  • Noted that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced that the Otter Tail River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies and Total Maximum Daily Load studies are open for public comment through 6/9/21.

  • Authorized staff to move forward with an update of the BRRWD’s website.

  • Agreed to hold a special Board meeting with the HR Committee to review the Staff Transition Proposal on 6/14/21 at 5:30 PM.

  • Approved a joint funding agreement contract with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to split the costs for the Hawley and Sabin flood stage gaging stations for 10/01/20-9/30/21. The Board also approved a proposal to extend the contract with the USGS from 2022 through 2026. 

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 7:00 PM in the BRRWD office, located at 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN.  Interested persons are also able to attend the meetings virtually.  The conference line number is 1-701-404-1699.  Conference ID: 810 298 227#.  More information will be posted on the BRRWD’s website prior to the meeting at www.brrwd.org.