BRRWD Signs Whiskey Creek Enhancement Construction Contracts

At their June 28, 2021, regular meeting held in Barnesville at 7:00 PM, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), authorized signature of the construction contracts for Phase 1 of Project No. 81, Whiskey Creek Enhancement in Wilkin County, with Ehlert Excavating, Inc., Wahpeton, ND.  Phase 1 of the project will begin in Sections 9, 10, and 15, Connelly Township, Wilkin County.  The Whiskey Creek project is a cooperative undertaking between the BRRWD, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).  The purpose of the project is to restore the channel hydrology and habitat, incorporating both natural resource enhancement and flood damage reduction benefits.  The project costs will be financed by the BRRWD, a BWSR Clean Water Fund Grant, the NRCS National Water Quality Initiative, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Section 319 grant, the DNR stream habitat program, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Great Plains Fish Habitat Partnership Grant.  The local share of the project costs will be raised through the implementation of a watershed management district (wmd) fee, assessed to the landowners benefited by the project. 

Other Business included: 

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s 6/28/21 financial status report. Cash on hand is $2,587,069.96.  Income received since the 6/14/21 meeting totals $18,750, and for the year, totals $2,629,541.44.  Current Account Receivables collected this month total $455,780.37, and to date, Account Receivables total $14,327,118.21.  The Board approved bills totaling $19,721.76.

  • Approved permits to Chris Watterud and Daniel Froslie for a joint tiling project in the W½, Section 11, and the S½, Section 2, Tanberg Township, Wilkin County, outletting via a natural waterway to an area wetland in Section 3, Tanberg Township, subject to our standard tiling permit conditions, and to work with Wilkin County and the railroad authorities to clean the waterway, according to the approved SWCD grade elevations.

  • Approved an Amendment to the Findings and Order for the Whiskey Creek Enhancement project to remove the northwest corner of Section 1, Nilsen Township, Wilkin County, from the project’s wmd assessment area.

  • Authorized the staff and BRRWD Attorney Tami Norgard, Vogel Law Firm, to work with the City of Moorhead to move forward with the process to transfer BRRWD ownership of the Oakport Flood Mitigation project to the City.

  • Authorized hiring a contractor to remove dead trees on the Wolverton Creek Restoration project right-of-way along the channel in Section 10, Wolverton Township, Wilkin County.

  • Authorized signature of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant documents for the flood damage repairs in Section 2, Barnesville Township, Clay County, along 170th ST north of Barnesville. The documents affirm that the BRRWD is a sub-applicant for the FEMA grant and work already completed can provide the 25% grant matching funds, reducing costs to the Township.  The Township will be responsible for the repair work costs outside of the project area not covered by the FEMA grant. 

  • Approved the 2020 BRRWD Annual Report.

 

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, July 12, 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: 924 439 38#.  More information will be posted on the BRRWD’s website prior to the meeting at www.brrwd.org.