University of MN AIS Research Center - June 8, 2018

Staff from the University of MN will be at the M State Campus in Detroit Lakes on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 9:15 - 3:00.  They will give an overview of their work on various aquatic invasive species, discuss the Detectors and Trackers program, and the impacts of zebra mussels and spiny waterflea on Mille Lacs Lake.

The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided.  We encourage you to register with us by calling (218) 846-0436 or emailing at (for planning purposes).

We are excited to be hosting this event and hope that many of you will be able to join us for this informational day.


Resolution to initiate project to impound Waters of Becker County Ditch 13

The Board of Mangers at their March 15, 2018 meeting initiated a project to impound waters of Becker County Ditch 13 on the Rice Lake wetland to reduce phosphorus loadings and algal blooms on downstream lakes (Detroit, Muskrat, Sallie and Melissa).  Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.

  Resolution to Impound waters of Becker County Ditch 13

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.

Public Notification

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.

Detroit Lake

Curfman Lake

Lake Sallie

Lake Melissa

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

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

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Last Updated: 11/1/2017
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Last Updated: 11/1/2017

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