Past Studies and Reports

The District maintains a database of all studies that have been conducted within its boundaries.  Those studies are listed below.  If you are interested in, please contact us and we can send an electronic copy of the study to you.

A.W. Research Laboratories. 1995. Proposal for a Fall Surveillance Overflight of the Pelican River Watershed District
A.W. Research Laboratories. 1995. Proposal for Mapping Sedimentation in Lake Sallie
A.W. Research Laboratories. 1996. Proposal for Locating Ground Water in the Wetland West of Detroit Lake
A.W. Research Laboratories. 1996. Proposal for the Aerial Lakeshore Analysis of Floyd Lake
A.W. Research Laboratories. 1996. Proposal for the Septic/Point Source Detection Overflight Floyd and Little Floyd Lakes
Barr Engineering Inc. 1998. A Study of the Contribution of Groundwater to Phosphorous Loadings for Selected Lakes in the Pelican River Watershed
Becker County COLA. 2003. Lake Water Quality Management Report
Becker County Overall Ecomonic Development Plan. 1965
Hecock, R. 1993. Diagnostic and Feasibility Study and Management Alternatives for Lake Sallie and Detroit Lake
Houston Engineering Inc. 1997. Proposal to Provide Engineering Services for Water and Sanitary Sewer Improvements along Big Floyd Lake to Detroit Township
Instrumental Research Inc. 1983. Proposal for Lake Assessment
Instrumental Research Inc. 1983. Watershed Lake Assessment
Instrumental Research Inc. 1984. Aeration Proposal to the Pelican River Watershed District
Instrumental Research Inc. 1985. Nutrient Retention of Harvested Aquatic Vegetation from Lakes Sallie and Melissa
Iverson, Steven W. 1992. The Pelican River Navigation Restoration Project
Johnson, Kirk A. 1996. Butomus umellatus in Becker County: An Investigation into the Control of an Exotic Species
K-V Associates Inc. 1980. Septic Leachate Survey, Detroit Lakes, MN 
Larson Peterson and Associates. 1987. 1987 Monitoring Plan: Lakes Sallie and Detroit
Larson Peterson and Associates. 1989. Clean Lakes Program: In Lake Monitoring Lake Sallie
Larson Peterson and Associates. 1990. Clean Lakes Study of Lakes Sallie and Detroit: 1988 and 1989 Data Collection Summary
Larson Peterson and Associates. 1992. Diagnostic Feasibility Study: Management Alternatives for Lakes Sallie and Detroit
Larson Peterson and Associates. 1998. 1998 Monitoring Plan: Lakes Sallie and Detroit
Larson Peterson and Associates. 1998. 1998 Quality Assurance Plan: Lakes Sallie and Detroit
Larson Peterson and Associates. 2001 Diagnostic Management Alternatives for Lake Sallie and Detroit Lake
Larson Peterson and Associates. 2001. Stormwater Drainage Plan: Storm Sewer Drainage Districts, Detroit Lakes, MN
Larson, Peterson, and Ulteig. 2004. Wastewater Treatment Facility Effluent Discharge Feasibility Study; City of Detroit Lakes Preliminary Engineering Report
Larson, Steven P., Mark S. Larson, and Ronald J. Wolf, USGS. 1975. Digital Models of a glacial Outwash Aquifer in the Pearl-Sallie Lakes Area, West-Central Minnesota.
Lee, David R. 1971. Septic Tank Nutrients in Groundwater Entering Lake Sallie
Lee, David R. 1976. The Role of Groundwater in Eutrophication of Lkes in Glacial Ouwash Terrain. Int. J. Speleol. 8. 117-126
McComas, Steve and Stuckert, J. Blue Water Science. 1999. Plant Harvesting and Zooplankton Dynamics in Muskrate Lake for 1998
McComas, Steve, Hecock, R., Nustad, R., Wilson, B. 1996. An Updated Diagnostic and Feasibility Study for Lake Sallie, Detroit Lakes, MN  
McComas, Steve. Blue Water Science. 1997. Plant Harvesting and Zooplankton Dynamic in Muskrat Lake, Status Report
McComas, Steve. Blue Water Science. 1999. Pelican River Watershed District Aquatic Plant Harvesting Program Evaluation
McComas, Steve. Blue Water Science. 1999. Wetland Aeration for Phoshorous Reduction Results of Ditch 14
McComas, Steve. Blue Water Science. 2001. Plant Harvest and Water Quality Dynamics in Muskrat lake for 2000
McComas, Steve. Blue Water Science. 2001. Wetland Dich Aeration for Phosphorous Inactivation in Ditch 14
McComas, Steve. Blue Water Science. 2002. Impacts of Ditch Aeration on Bioavailable Phoshorous in Ditch 14
McComas, Steve. Blue Water Science. Pelican River Watershed District Aquatic Plant Harvesting Program Evaluation
Miller, R.T. 1982 Appraisal of the Pelican River Sand-Plain Aquifer, Western Minnesota. USGS Open-File Report 82-347
MPCA and PRWD. 2002. Water Quality Assessment of the Upper Pelican River Watershed Clean Water Partnership Program
Neel, Joe K. 1973. Weed Harvest and Lake Nutrient Dynamics
Neel, Joe K. 1978. Impact of Special Phosphorus Removal Procedures in the Upper Pelican River Watershed, 1977-1978
Neel, Joe K. 1981. Impact of Special Phosphorus Removal Procedures in the Upper Pelican River Watershed, 1977-1980
Pelican River Watershed District and City of Detroit Lakes. 1971. The Effectiveness of Advanced Waste Treatment Methods and the Recovery Rate of an Enriched Lake following Nutrient Cut-Off
Pelican River Watershed District, Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates. 1998. Campbell Creek Comprehensive Plan
Pelican River Watershed District, Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates. 1998. Campbell Creek Ditch Inventory
Pelican River Watershed District. 1986. Water Resource Preservation: Case Statement
Rieke Carrol Muller and Associates Inc. 1978. Water Pollution Control Factilities Report for Lakeview Township, Becker County, MN
Rieke Carrol Muller and Associates Inc. 1981. Wastewater Treatment Facilities Plan Summary Report
Rieke Carrol Muller and Associates Inc. 1984. Pacility Pland Addendum Report, Lakeview Township Evaluation of Land Application by Spray Irrigation
Ulteig Engineers Inc. 2009. North Side Stormwater Treatment Study 
Wenck Associates Inc. 1998. Wastewater Treatment and Drinking Water Supply Alternatives; Lake Sallie and Melissa Chain of Lakes
Wenck Associates Inc. 2006. Ditch 14 Hydraulic and Water Quality Study
Wenck Associates Inc. 2008. Wasterwater Treatment and Drinking Watter Supply Alternative Analysis; Floyd Lake Chain of Lakes
Wenck Associates Inc. 2010. Lakeview Township Community Assessment Report
Wenck Associates Inc. 2010. Pelican River Watershed District AIS Control Project LMP-01; Project Plan Engineer's Report
Widseth Smith Nolting. 1997. A Proposal to Detroit Township to Provide Engineering Services for a Wastewater Facility Plan and Water Feasibility Study
Widseth Smith Nolting. 1997. Water System Feasibility Study for Big Floyd Lake, Detroit Township, MN
Widseth Smith Nolting. 1998. Wastewater Facility Plan for Big Floyd Lake, Detroit Township, MN 
Winterstein, Thomas A. 2007. Estimated Ground-Water Use in Becker, Clay, Grant, Ottertail, and Wilkin Counties, MN, for 2030 and 2050
Madsen, J.D, et. al. 2012. Ecology and Management of Flowering Rush (Butomus umbellatus) in the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Turnage, G. et.al. 2017. The Effects Diquat on Mixed Stands of Flowering Rush and Hardstem Bulrush in Lake Sallie, Minnesota 2016 - Interm Report
Turnage, G. et.all. 2016. The Effects Diquat on Mixed Stands of Flowering Rush and Hardstem Bulrush in Lake Sallie, Minnesota 2015 - Interm Report
Madsen, J.D, et. al. 2014. Management of Flowering Rush Using the Contact Herbicide Diquate in Detroit Lakes, Minnesots 2013
Madsen, J.D. & Turnage, G. 2015. Management of Flowering Rush Using the Contact Herbicide Diquat in Detroit Lakes, Minnesots 2014
Turnage, G. et.al. 2016. Adaptive Management of Flowering Rush Using the Contact Herbicide Diquat in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 2015
Madsen, J.D.et.at. 2011. Flowering Rush Management Summary.
Marko, Michelle D. et.al. 2011 Ecolody and Phenology of Flowering Rush in the Detroit Lakes Chain, Minnesota
Poovey et. al. Evaluation of Systemic Aquatic Herbicides for Controlling Two Population of Submersed Flowering Rush
Poovey et. al. Evaluation of Contact Aquatic Herbicides for Controlling Two Population of Submersed Flowering Rush
Madsen, J.D. et.al. Management of Flowering rush in Detroit Lakes, MN. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. 54: 61-87
Madsen, J.D. et.al. Efficacy of sombination of diquat or triclopyr with fluridone for control of flowering rush. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. 54: 68-71


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