Grant-Funded Projects in the Nemadji Watershed

Several projects are underway in the Nemadji River Watershed, from water quality monitoring to conservation implementation.   Learn about the Deer Creek/Nemadji River Total Maximum Daily Load Study (TMDL), where sediment loads are being monitored on select streams that have been determined to be “impaired” for turbidity, or cloudiness of the water.  The MPCA Event Based Watershed Monitoring is a project that is taking a look at the overall water quality and biological health of the entire Nemadji River Watershed.  Conservation practices are continually being implemented in the Nemadji Watershed.  Currently, there are two grant funded projects that bring added funds to private landowners to complete conservation practices that improve water quality.  Opportunities exist for you to get involved in many of these projects.

 Nemadji Watershed Civic Engagement Project

Funded by: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Purpose: To educate the public about the Nemadji Watershed and how they can be a part of the solution to improve the impaired waters.  A stewardship team of volunteers are directing the actions of this project and will be developing long term methods for a public outreach campaign.

Nemadji Watershed Culvert Inventory for Fish Passage

Funded by: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Purpose: To inventory the culverts within the Nemadji Watershed for fish passage. The inventory will finish summer 2014 and prioritize culverts for future restoration to improve aquatic organism fish passage in Carlton County.

Red Clay Dam Phase I

Funded by: The Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment Fund

Purpose: to restore a stretch of stream from old, failing sediment retention dams from the 1970s on Elim Creek.  The project will feature natural channel design methods and restore trout habitat.

Red Clay Dam Phase II

Funded by: The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment Fund (Clean Water Fund Grant) and Great Lakes Commission

Purpose: To restore a stretch of stream in the Deer Creek Watershed that is actively eroding from the failure of the 1970s sediment retention dam.  The restoration will stabilize the eroding stream and reduce the sediment load into the turbidity-impaired Deer Creek. In addition, this project will survey 5 of the red clay dam sites in the Nemadji Watershed and provide options to the landowners for future restoration work.  This will provide the basis for prioritization for future restoration projects.

Nemadji River Basin Project

Funded by: EPA Section 319 and Clean Water Partnership Grants

Purpose: This multi-year project (1998 through 2003) funded many conservation projects along with education and outreach throughout the watershed.

Deer Creek TMDL Project

Funded by: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Purpose: This project funded water monitoring data collection and community engagement for the Deer Creek Watershed.