Wolverton Creek Restoration
Wolverton Creek is a 23.5-mile long tributary to the Red River of the North located in west central Minnesota. The watershed is approximately 104 square miles. Similar to other streams in the Red River Basin, Wolverton Creek was straightened, ditched, cleared, and snagged to improve drainage and agricultural production.
In the 1960s, landowners began asking the BRRWD to investigate the problems associated with Wolverton Creek. The BRRWD has partnered with the Clay and Wilkin SWCDs' to reduce erosion and sedimentation in Wolverton Creek. Watershed-wide solutions have been developed to address sedimentation, erosion, and habitat loss along Wolverton Creek and its tributaries including channel restoration, installation of side inlets and other sediment control BMPs, and installation of expanded bufferstrips along the creek.
The BRRWD developed a plan to acquire easements, restore and expand fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and reduce flooding.
Project Goals and Objectives:
Improve Wildlife Habitat
Increase Wildlife Habitat Connectivity
Improve Water Quality and Reduce Sediment Loading
Reduce the Occurrence and Magnitude of Flood Damage to Agricultural fields