Nutrient Reduction Projects

Rice Lake Project

The Rice Lake Nutrient Reduction Project will reduce total phosphorus (TP) loading to downstream recreational water bodies including Detroit, Sallie and Melissa Lakes by 1,200-1600 kg/yr. The Rice Lake wetland will increase from its current area of 434 acres to pre-ditched water levels of approximately 896 acres, thereby restoring natural wetland hydrology conditions. The project area flowage rights include private lands (503 acres), MN DNR Wildlife Management area (510 acres), and City of Detroit Lakes land (145 acres).


Since 2003, the District is jointly working on this project with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). From 2003-07, The NRCS– Small Watershed Assistance group conducted an in-depth assessment study on Rice Lake wetland to analyze best management practices for reducing phosphorus exports, with wetland restoration selected as the most technically feasible option. The NRCS Wetland Reserve Program (“straight WRP”) is assisting with private land easements on program eligible properties. However, since no MN RIM funds are involved (other projects rank higher due to wildlife benefit) the District is making up the land rights payment difference on 405 acres ($172,000-PRWD; $345,000-NRCS WRP).

Currently, the District is using a MPCA Clean Water Partnership (CWP) loan ($450,000) to pay the WRP rate difference and also for properties not eligible for WRP (less than 7 yr ownership, small acreage). PRWD land rights acquisition costs are totaling $577, 516. The District is nearing completion of property acquisition (latter 2010) and needs to secure additional funding for project engineering costs. NRCS is committed to project construction costs; however, they are requesting the District pay for engineering designs estimated at $250,000 (construction estimated between $1.2 – $2.0 Million).


There are a number of governmental agencies involved with the project. The Rice Lake project technical committee, formed in early 2005, has agency representation from the ACOE, NRCS, BWSR, DNR, MPCA, and Becker SWCD. The committee meets on a regular basis to review project status and provide agency assistance. Other non-government project stakeholders are the affected landowners, Lake Detroiters Lake Association and the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

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There are a number of governmental agencies involved with the project. The Rice Lake project technical committee, formed in early 2005, has agency representation from the ACOE, NRCS, BWSR, DNR, MPCA, and Becker SWCD. The committee meets on a regular basis to review project status and provide agency assistance. Other non-government project stakeholders are the affected landowners, Lake Detroiters Lake Association and the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce.


Rice Lake Wetland Restoration Project EQB Notice

 

The Pelican River Watershed District (RPWD) is proposing to restore the Rice Lake Wetland Complex just north of the City of Detroit Lakes in Becker County. The project is being proposed in order to achieve phosphorus reductions in the Detroit Chain of Lakes. The Proposed Project includes the construction of two outlet structures with stoplog adjustable weirs on Rice Creek. This would increase adjacent wetland depths, enhance existing wetlands, and create additional wetland acreage primarily in the state-owned, Frank Wildlife Management Area. The Proposed Project would also restore water flow to a historic channel of Rice Creek to further enhance adjacent riparian habitat.

To read more click HERE 

For the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (with Appendix A & B) click HERE

(Appendix A)     (Appendix B)     (Appendix C)


 

Rice Lake Project BWSR/Clean Water Land & Legacy Grant Report

The District initiated a project in 2003, called "The Nutrient Reductions to Detroit Lake Project", to improve the water quality of Detroit Lake, downstream lakes, and the watershed area.  It also promoted a healthy recreation-based economy for the Detroit Lakes region in northwestern Minnesota. 

To read the full report click HERE

 

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