In 2005, the Carlton SWCD, Carlton Tranportation Department, and the DNR worked collaboratively to replace an undersized culvert on the County Highway 6 crossing of a Deer Creek Tributary. A culvert enahncment such as this can improve the health of the stream by minimizing erosion as well as improving fish passage.

2005 culvert

 

Understanding the sensitivities of a watershed can help guide conservation practices. Conservation practices are ongoing in the Deer Creek Watershed and the TMDL study will aid in a better understanding of the watershed and facilitate guidance for future conservation efforts. Foresty practices, agricultural practices, stream crossing design and roadside erosion control are areas conservation planning and implementation that are especially effective in the Deer Creek Watershed.

The Carlton County SWCD offers planning and funding assistance for conservation practices. Many landowners have taken initial steps to conservation practices through stewardship planning which offers assistance such as tree and shrub planting, erosion control, and forest management planning.