Summer 2018 Water Resources Internship
We have now begun accepting application for two summer intern position for the upcoming field season. This fun and exciting internship will give students valuable field experience working on a wide array of District water quality monitoring and research projects. Additionally, this internship qualifies allows for students to receive college credits.
Please see the Job Posting or contact us for more details.
March Board of Manager Meeting
The March monthly meeting of the board of managers will be held at the regular time, the third Thursday, March 15, at 6:15 pm, in the second floor conference room of the Wells Fargo Bank Building, 211 Holmes St. West, Detroit Lakes, MN.
The meeting will follow a Public Hearing regarding the impoundment of drainage system 13, Rice Lake area. The public is invited to attend and give their comments on the restoration of this wetland.
Long Shore Gravel Mining Public Comment Period
The Public Comment period has expired but pertinent information on the project can be found in the links below.
Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)
We have received several questions from citizens near/on Long Lake that are concerned with the proposed Long Shore gravel mining expansion and the limited information on the project.
In an attempt to help ensure the all information if available within the public comment period, we have compiled digital copies of information that PRWD has on the history, including the current Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW), of the Long Shore Mining proposals near Long Lake. The link below will provide a summarized that history of the project as well as provides a link to a web dropbox where the information can be downloaded.
Long Shore Gravel Mining History
This information is our best effort to accurately detail the chronological history of the project that we are aware of based on PRWD files and notes.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact us.
Cost Share Program for Plants and Plant Material - 2017 Recap
In the spring of 2017, the District began a cost share program offering a reimbursement for plants and plant material for property owners restoring the shoreline or planting raingardens. Because of the large amount of trees lost in storms in June and July, the managers also offered the program for people to replace the destroyed trees.
There were 7 homeowners that received funds for shoreline restoration. The City of Detroit Lakes along with a condo association applied for and received funds for raingardens planted in the city limits. There were also four payments made for people who replaced trees on their property.
The District anticipates that the program will continue in 2018. Keep us in mind if you are planning any projects to enhance your property. The District offered a 75% match for eligible plants and plant material with a maximum of: $500 for single family homes, $1000 for condos and apartment complexes, and $1,500 for not-for profit religious organizations, public and private schools, and local government agencies.
Click for the appropriate documents: Program Guidelines Application Maintenance Plan
Or contact or office at (218) 846-0436 and we would be happy to go over the details with you.
Flowering Rush Treatments -2017
The chemical treatments for Flowering Rush on area lakes are complete for the the 2017 season. If you would like to see where each lake was treated, please click on the link to the various lakes.
District Awarded $1.5 million in Clean Water Funds
May 25, 2016 - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced a third round of Clean Water Fund grants to help six local governments from around the state. Pelican River Watershed District will receive $1.5 million to help reduce phosphorus loading to the watershed by 50%.
To read full release - click here.
The Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) highlighted the project in their October Snapshot.
Notice of Decision to Revise & Update the PRWD Water Management Plan
The Pelican River Watershed District adopted a resolution on April 21, 2016 requiring the update and revision of the Pelican River Watershed Management Plan, as authorized under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103D.405, the Watershed District Statute.
The plan will be focused on priority water management concerns, The Pelican River Watershed District invites all recipients of this notice to submit water management issues they feel the plan should focus on.
Also, please submit any water and related land resources plans and official controls to the name below so that they can be reviewed to ensure consistency with the Watershed Management Plan.
Please submit the requested information by June 1, 2016 or direct inquiries to:
Tera Guetter, Administrator
211 Holmes St. West, Suite 201
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 218-846-0436 or email@example.com
Lake Sallie Bulrush Pilot Project report
The Pelican River Watershed, along with Mississippi State University, began a pilot project in 2015 on Lake Sallie to study the effects of chemically treating the invasive Flowering rush within a stand of native Hardstem Bulrush. The reduction of the Flowering rush was quite impressive. After review of the data, it appears that there was little to no damage to the native Bulrush, and in the treatment area, the Bulrush population acutally increased after the flowering rush was treated. See the full report below.
Hardstem Bulrush Pilot Study - Final Report
MN Buffer Initiative
Governor Mark Dayton's landmark buffer initiative was signed into law this year. The law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along rivers, streams, and ditches that will help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment. The new law provides flexibility and financial support for landowners to install and maintain buffers, and boost compliance with buffer laws across Minnesota.
The DNR's role in Minnesota's new buffer law is to produce maps of public waters and ditch systems that require permanent vegetation buffers. The DNR is scheduled to produce these maps by July 2016.
Click here for more information
Buffer Fact Sheet