Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program - Funded Projects

Coastal NonPoint and Water Quality


310-09-10:  Providing Engineering Assistance in Implementation of the Coastal Nonpoint Program (2011)
This funding will provide conservation engineering and associated technical assistance on nine projects in the Lake Superior Basin. The TSA team will be helping ensure that appropriate sediment and erosion control practices are selected to reduce erosion and retain sediment onsite to the maximum extent possible; shoreline and streambank stabilization practices are properly designed to control erosion; and engineering vegetated treatment systems are properly designed to effectively remove pollutants. Long term, the TSA work will improve the management of the basin's forests and urban areas, which can contribute to the state's environmental goal of clean water and a protected and restored Lake Superior. The projects are in various stages of preliminary design, survey , design, and construction. The TSA is involved in all aspects from detailed topographic surveys of each project site to Auto Cad designs and plant set production to oversight of contractors during construction. No Coastal Program monies will be used for physical construction.

 

306-STAR05-08: Caribou Lake/Lutsen Water Quality Monitoring Program
This is a project to improve water quality in Caribou Lake/Lutsen and to assure continued high level water quality in both Caribou Lake and Lake Superior in the long term. There are several reasons for this project. 1. Reverse the recent trend in deteriorating water quality in Caribou Lake. 2. Establish a sound and valid data base of water quality measures to guide corrective actions. 3. Develop a water quality management plan defining short and long term actions and goals. 4. Use this project in the Lake Superior Watershed to protect and enhance coastal resources. and 5. Serve as a model of actions and methods to use for other lakes in Minnesota, but especially in the Arrowhead, to improve water quality. The starting point for improving water quality is to initiate a consistent and rigorous water quality sampling program. The management plan will be prepared. Continuing data gathering will be important to measure progress and rethink actions, if necessary.

 

310-07-08: South St. Louis SWCD Providing Technical Assistance in Implementation of the Coastal Nonpoint Program (2008-2009)
Implementing Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program by providing engineering, educational, and technical assistance throughout the Lake Superior Basin.

 

310-06-08: North St. Louis SWCD Implementation of the Coastal Nonpoint Program
Implement and complete projects relating to nonpoint source pollution reduction within the Lake Superior basin.

 

310-05-08: Lake County SWCD Program Implementation/Capacity Building
Enhanced level of technical assistance and SWCD Supervisor leadership in Urban / Rural, Forestry, Wetlands, Riparian Areas & Vegetated Treatment Systems.

 

310-04-08: Technical Assistance, Planning, and Public Outreach Measures to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution in Cook County
The nonpoint implementation priorities of the district will be enhanced through technical reviews, area planning tasks, and public outreach opportunities.

 

310-03-08: Carlton SWCD Coastal Nonpoint Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance in erosion control and water quality improvement practice planning and implementation in all land use areas.

 

306-STAR02-07: Lake Superior Association of SWCD Stormwater Management Round Table
The Lake Superior Association (LSA) includes all the SWCD's located within the MN Lake Superior Basin including Cook, Lake, North and South St. Louis, Carlton, Itasca, Aitkin and Pine Counties. The LSA's structured regional forum providing a networking opportunity for SWCD's and its stakeholders to discuss issues relevant to stormwater management and identify opportunities for regional approaches to addressing issues. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 280 kb

 

306-STAR01-07: Community Center Stormwater Plan / Rain Garden Demonstration Site
Cook County Highway department is planning on the installation of underground stormwater pipe along County Road 7 and sidewalks this summer. Since the storm water would eventually drain into that underground area, we want to have a design that will be environmentally the best and can serve as a demonstration site for future Soil & Water and Cook County Extension educational programs. Master Gardeners and youth will be involved in the actual planting of the rain garden site and future native plantings.

 

310-05-07: Providing Technical Assistance in Implementation of the Coastal Nonpoint Program
The South St. Louis SWCD funding will assist us in implementing Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program by providing engineering, educational, and technical assistance throughout the Lake Superior Basin. The grant will provide funding for engineering and technical assistance in Carlton, Cook, Lake, North St. Louis and South St. Louis SWCDs. It will also provide for increased implementation of the Nonpoint program in the South St. Louis SWCD. This project will address five priority management measures as identified in Minnesota's Coastal Nonpoint Program for the Lake Superior Watershed.

 

310-04-07: Carlton SWCD Coastal Nonpoint Technical Assistance
The Carlton SWCD is fully engaged in erosion control and water quality improvement practice planning and implementation in all land use areas in Carlton County. Technical services may involve:

  • Site visits, site reviews, field checks, cost estimates, referrals, and other technical assistance for cost-share and other nonpoint pollution reduction projects
  • Assistance on shoreland, streambank, forest, or wetland restoration plans, planting plans, mitigation plans, etc
  • Working with landowners to solve erosion problems
  • Technical assistance on BMP selection and/or design, such as shoreland/stream side erosion control, agriculture, forestry, or other nonpoint activities
  •  Technical assistance in erosion and sediment control for landowners or construction sites

 

310-03-07: North St. Louis SWCD: Implementation of the Coastal Nonpoint Program
The North St. Louis SWCD is requesting $5,500 in Coastal Nonpoint Program Implementation funds to implement and complete projects relating to nonpoint source pollution reduction within the Lake Superior basin. The grant funds will be utilized to provide an enhanced level of technical and educational assistance to private landowners, cities, townships and the county.


310-02-07: Technical Assistance to Implement Storm Water Prevention Plans and the County Storm Water Ordinance
Cook SWCD will increase capacity by hiring a summer employee and by increasing existing staff hours. Increased staff hours translates to more landowner contacts and more onsite visits, a prerequisite for both voluntary and regulated BMP establishment. SWCDs are poised to provide landowner assistance for compliance with the federal, state and local storm water and erosion control ordinances. SWCD Supervisors meet locally each month with staff to discuss and direct work and projects. Supervisors are elected; supervisors and staff are a link to people in the county. This is an significant consideration for the implementation of the many and diverse nonpoint practices.


310-01-07: Lake County SWCD Program Implementation / Capacity Building
Lake County SWCD will provide an enhanced level of technical assistance and SWCD supervisor leadership as well as to continue to deliver highly successful programs.


306A-05-06: Lake County Garage Model Storm Water Control
Lake County Highway Department retrofit an existing site with modern day storm water control methods. In addition, it is proposed that margins of the highway garage property, as it is possible, be developed into wetland areas (separate from storm water ponds). Finally, designs will be reviewed for both an upcoming salt-sand storage facility and for a conversion of a paved parking area for innovated storm water control measures. It is anticipated that this effort will serve as a model for larger industrial sites in Lake County for storm water control efforts. Public informational materials, including a press release, will be made available as a result of this project. Tours of the facility will be made available for interested parties upon request.

 

310-05-06: North St. Louis SWCD Implementing NonPoint Source Technical Assistance within the Lake Superior Basin
Purchase of a Geographic Information System (ArcView 9.2, including training) as well as a Global Positioning System unit to assist with an enhanced level of field reviews and working with private land owners/ municipalities to provide technical assistance with the following:1) Erosion control issues (including sediment control) 2) Nutrient runoff management 3) Site preparation and planning for revegetation of riparian buffer zones 4) Wetland management. The GIS and GPS unit will be used together within the Lake Superior Basin to provide a tool for improving tracking of nonpoint source pollution as well as defining riparian buffer zones. This potential grant funding will be utilized to work in conjunction with a Clean Water Legacy grant that concentrates specifically in the Barber and Dempsey Creek watersheds which are part of the Lake Superior Basin. The intent of the CWL grant is to assist riparian land owners along these tributaries with forest stewardship plans for the protection of the water bodies. Along with those two watersheds, the North St. Louis SWCD has and will continue to provide technical assistance to land owners within the remainder of the Lake Superior Basin that falls within the District boundaries.

 

310-04-06: Providing Technical Assistance in Implementation of the Coastal Nonpoint Program
This project will assist the South St. Louis SWCD in implementing Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program by providing engineering, educational, and technical assistance throughout the Lake Superior Basin. The grant will provide funding for engineering and technical assistance in Carlton, Cook, Lake, North St. Louis and South St. Louis SWCDs. It will also provide for increased implementation of the nonpoint program in the South St. Louis SWCD. This project will address five priority management measures as identified in Minnesota's Coastal Nonpoint Program for the Lake Superior Watershed.

 

310-03-06: Lake County SWCD Implementation /Capacity Building
The Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District proposes to complete the following projects with Non-Point Grant Funding from Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program:
Urban / Rural: 1. Develop and conduct the Cook & Lake County Earthwork Contractor's Workshop 2.Provide site reviews on land disturbing projects to assess compliance with erosion and sediment control ordinances (private property owners, local units of government). 3. Assist the Lake County Planning Commission on land use issues related to water quality such as erosion and sediment control, storm water management, and wetlands conservation. 4. Work with Cities, Townships, and County on erosion and sediment control measures. 5. Participate on the Arrowhead Water Quality Team to develop educational materials and programs on water quality used throughout northeastern Minnesota. 6. Assist with implementation of the Two Harbors Storm Water Management Plan. Forestry: 1. Provide landowner contacts for CCLNS Forester. 2.Promote the Knife River Forest Stewardship Program. 3. Have SWCD Supervisors participate on Laurentian RC&D Committee, Minnesota Forestry Committee, CCLNS Joint Powers Board, Water Plan Advisory Committee, and Lake Superior Association of SWCDs. Wetlands, Riparian Areas & Vegetated Treatment Systems: 1. Provide site reviews to make wetland determinations, field check wetland delineations, prepare and monitor wetland restoration plans, participate in monthly Lake County Hydrology Committee meetings, and serve as a clearinghouse for information on the Wetland Conservation Act. Note: The grant funds will allow us to provide an enhanced level of technical assistance and SWCD Supervisor leadership as well as to continue to deliver highly successful programs such as the Earthwork Contractors Workshop.

 

310-01-06:Carlton SWCD Coastal Nonpoint Technical Assistance
The Carlton SWCD is fully engaged in erosion control and water quality improvement practice planning and implementation in all land use areas in Carlton County. Specifically assistance provided directly relates to the following categories in the Coastal Nonpoint Program Plan: Category 1 Agriculture - a. Erosion and Sediment Control, b. Wastewater and Runoff from Confined Animal Facilities, c. Nutrients, e. Grazing Category 2. Forestry - a. Preharvest Planning, b. Streamside Management Areas [Riparian Management Zones], c. Road Construction/Reconstruction, e. Timber Harvesting, f. Site Preparation and Forest Regeneration. Category 3.1 Urban/Rural Runoff - a. New Developments, b. Watershed Protection, c. Site Development. 3.2 Construction Activities - d. Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control.Category 5.3 Streambank and Shoreline Erosion - f. Eroding Streambanks and Shorelines Category 6 Wetlands, Riparian Areas and Vegetated Treatment Systems - a. Protection of Wetlands and Riparian Areas, b. Restoration of Wetlands and Riparian Areas. With MN Lake Superior Coastal Program funding, landowners with projects in these categories will be targeted with SWCD services information.


6217-06-05: North St. Louis SWCD: Implementing Nonpoint Source Technical Assistance in the Lake Superior Basin
Provide an enhanced level of technical assistance and increased site visits dealing with land use issues. This included field work, summary reports of the projects, and increased participation with the St. Louis County Planning Commission, St. Louis County Wetland Technical Advisory Committee, and SWCD meetings. 2) Public Information / Website Education to implement Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program. 3) Discussions with local city/township authorities on topics such as the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act, erosion and sediment control and stormwater runoff issues. Management Measures: Streambank Erosion, Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, Wetlands and Riparian Areas. Provide contractors, Realtors and landowners education and technical assistance in terms of wetland conservation and erosion and sediment control.


6217-05-05: Implementing the Coastal Nonpoint Program
South St. Louis SWCD Coastal Nonpoint Implementation funding to enhance ability to implement Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program. This project proposal will provide funding to provide engineering and technical assistance in for the Carlton, Cook, Lake, North St. Louis and South St. Louis SWCDs through shared technical staff. It will also provide for increased implementation of the nonpoint program specifically in South St. Louis SWCD.


6217-04-05: Lake County SWCD: Implementation/Capacity Building
The Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District proposes to complete the following projects with Non-Point Grant Funding from Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program:

  • Co-sponsor the 2006 Earthwork Contractors Workshop with the Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake County Planning & Zoning Department, and the Cook County Planning and Zoning Department.
  • Provide an enhanced level of technical assistance and site reviews on land use projects.


6217-03-05: Cook County SWCD: Implementation/Capacity Building
The Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District proposes to complete the following projects with Non-Point Grant Funding from Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program:

  • Co-sponsor the 2006 Earthwork Contractors Workshop with the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake County Planning & Zoning Department, and the Cook County Planning and Zoning Department.
  • Provide an enhanced level of technical assistance and site reviews on land use projects.

 

6217-02-05: Carlton SWCD Coastal Nonpoint Source Technical Assistance
With funding from the MN Lake Superior Coastal Program, the Carlton SWCD will provide technical assistance to landowners of the Lake Superior Basin in two areas. First, assistance to landowners with wetland protection projects (CNP IV-6) through project and site evaluations will be provided. Second, landowners with soil erosion and sediment control projects on forestland (CNP IV-2), agricultural lands (CNP IV-1), and urban/rural areas (CNP IV-3) will be assisted with practice planning and cost share contract development for BMP implementation. This level of technical assistance will not be provided without this funding from the MN Lake Superior Coastal Program.

 

306-STAR04-04: NEMO Ordinance Presentation
An enjoyable and accessible presentation addressing ordinance development, ordinance components, and model ordinance language with explanations to help decision-makers create the best water quality protection tools for their area. Ordinances that address water quality include stormwater, shoreland, erosion control, and subdivision ordinances. It will help communities implement components of their comprehensive land use plans by providing enforcement tools pertaining to the enhancement, protection, and preservation of their community's water quality. In addition to addressing local needs, this educational format will tie into the state and federal NPDES Phase II permit education requirements.

 

6217-07-04: Implementing Nonpoint Source Technical Assistance in the Lake Superior Basin
The South St. Louis SWCD nonpoint source pollution reduction educational and technical assistance in the Lake Superior Basin. The project will address five approved management measures as identified in Findings for the Minnesota Coastal Nonpoint Program. Agricultural, Forestry, and Hydromodification - Shoreline and Streambank Erosion measures by: Providing assistance to private land occupiers regarding ongoing erosion problems.

 

6217-06-04: Lake County SWCD  Implementation/Capacity Building
Increase district capacity - earthwork contractor's workshop, technical site reviews, education, and administer low-interest loan program for upgrading failed sewage treatment systems.

 

6217-05-04: Cook County SWCD Implementation/Capacity Building
Increase district capacity - earthwork contractor's workshop, technical site reviews, education, administer low-interest loan program for upgrading failed sewage treatment systems, easements and maintenance agreements for Village Creek projects.

 

6217-04-04: Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District Technical Assistance
Technical assistance services and conservation program delivery within the Lake Superior Watershed in Carlton County.

 

6217-03-04: Forest Stewardship Database
General stewardship plans addressing the landowners management issues are developed for a parcel. In these plans specific items such as riparian buffers, tree plantings, stream crossings, TSI, and wildlife enhancement projects are identified. The landowner can then pursue individual project plans and cost share funding to implement the plans for the projects identified in the stewardship plan. The Carlton SWCD, in cooperation with the Lake, Cook, South and North St. Louis,Itasca, and Pine SWCDs and DNR Area Foresters in the Lake Superior Basin, compiled a consistent GIS database of the existing Forest Stewardship plans in the Lake Superior Basin. This database will be the catalyst to accelerated Forestry BMP implementation in the basin in future years.

 

6217-02-04: Coastal Nonpoint Engineering Assistance Enhancement
Enhancement of conservation engineering capabilities of Carlton, Cook, Lake, North St. Louis and South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

 

6217-01-04: Blind Individual Sewage Treatment System Site Survey in the Larsmont Project Areas within the Knife River-Larsmont Sanitary District
This project will address the IV. Urban F. New and Operating Onsite Disposal Systems. A blind site by site survey conducted by a qualified professional to assess the percentage of failing septic systems in the Larsmont Project Area. This survey information will be used to provide information to the KRLSD board so they can make an informed decision on the best way to proceed with the process of handling wastewater treatment in the Larsmont Project Area.

 

306A-06-03: Hartley Nature Center Pervious Surface Demonstration Project
A wheelchair accessible pathway, and ten new parking spaces were added to the existing Hartley Center parking area using a model surface that is relatively pervious to water. These facilities would be constructed in the Tischer Creek watershed, about 150 feet from the stream. Choosing an environmentally sensitive option for these facilities is consistent with Hartley Nature Center's educational mission and strategy for minimizing the environmental impact of its development and operation.

 

310-07-03: Detention Basin Construction - Two Harbors Storm Water Management Plan
To begin implementation of the storm water plan provisions, the City of Two Harbors constructed storm water basins and one diversion channel. These multipurpose structures will provide storage for flood water, retain pollutants such as sediment, create wetland wildlife habitat, reduce downstream flows, minimize erosion, improve water quality, reduce property damages, create recreation site opportunities, and increase public safety. The site locations identified in the Storm Water Management Plan include: Segog area, North Fork of Skunk Creek, a site located south of the cemetery along Pete's Creek.

 

310-08-03: Grand Marais Stream Bank Stabilization and Naturalization Project
The project seeks to restore eroding stream banks within the park to improve water quality. The project will implement a combination of bioengineering stabilization methods, channel regarding and naturalization methods, and vegetative buffers. The project would decrease erosion and fit in with the aesthetics of the area. Bioengineering will be used instead of hard engineering structures. Soil bioengineering is the use of plant material, living or dead, to prevent slope failures and erosion. Channel banks will be restored to a flatter slope that can sustain vegetation. Vegetation will be planted to create buffer zones that filter runoff sediments and contaminants. Where possible, invasive species will be removed and will be replanted with native plant species.

 

310-06-03: Grand Marais Storm Water Management Erosion Control Restoration on Village Creek
The Village Creek serves a number of purposes; a storm water diversion for the city and is a safety net during flooding, yet it is a wooded stream traveling over bedrock and cobbles. This project will performed construction at three sections and easements on a fourth section that allow the county to maintain, armor, and revegetate.

 

310-04-03: Grand Marais Storm Water Management Erosion Control Restoration in Creechville Area
Above the city and below the Gunflint Trail is an area called Creechville, where flow patterns have been altered. There is flooding and significant erosion with gullies are over four feet deep. Over the last decade this problem area has been study by NRCS, JPB, County, and IC Environmental Engineers. The recently developed Storm Water Computer Model provides the data needed to design this project. The solution will be a unique pond design which will discharge to the old stream bed with overflow handled by an existing channel. The goal is to create natural habitat around the pond. Also, included in the project is replacement and armoring of an undersized culvert. Grading and revegetation will be another important part of this project.

 

6217-05-03: Implementing Nonpoint Source Technical Assistance in the Lake Superior Basin
The South St. Louis SWCD received funding to provide nonpoint source pollution reduction technical assistance in the Lake Superior Basin. Focus was on assistance to four types of entities: Private land occupiers, local governments with zoning authority, Minnesota DNR and public water work permit applicants, and consulting engineers/developers.

 

6217-02-03: Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District Best Management Practice Technical Assistance Program

Assist with technical assistance services and conservation program delivery within the Lake Superior Watershed in Carlton County. This technical assistance reaches agricultural and forested landowners with Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation and wetland protection. The components of this proposal will help address agriculture, forestry, urban erosion/sediment control, and wetlands identified in the "Findings for the Minnesota Coastal Nonpoint Program" through education, technical assistance, technology, and administration.

 

6217-01-03: Private Forestland Best Management Practice Implementation

Funds to contact with a forester to focus on Forest Stewardship Plan implementation in the Lake Superior Watershed portions of Cook, Lake, South St. Louis and Carlton SWCDs. This project addresses management measure 3. Forestry, of the Minnesota Coastal Nonpoint Program through Best Management Practice (BMP) Implementation. 150 Stewardship plan holders will be contacted to follow up on their existing plans. Twenty project plans will be written to implement BMPs. Six projects will be implemented and monitored for compliance with the "Voluntary Site-Level Forest Management Guidelines".


306-16-02: Nonpoint Source Pollution Rates from Four North Shore Streams of Varying Development Pressures

In order to determine how the increasing development pressures are affecting North Shore streams, it is necessary to initiate a thorough monitoring program, which incorporates continuous stream flow monitoring and routine sample collection. The MPCA, with cooperation from MNDNR, the City of Duluth, and Cook monitored four streams under varying development pressures are proposed to be monitored. Each stream will have stream flow, temperature, and conductivity continuously monitored.

 

306A-03-02: Detention Pond Design/Bid Specification - Two Harbors Storm Water Management Plan
Design a series of storm water detention basins. These multipurpose structures will provide storage for flood water, retain pollutants such as sediment, create wetland wildlife habitat, and generate additional recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. The detention basins will reduce downstream flows, minimize erosion, improve water quality, reduce property damages and increase public safety.

 

310-05-02: Grand Marais and Cook County Storm Water Management Plan Water Quality and Quantity Monitoring
The City of Grand Marais and Cook County have collaborated to develop a Storm Water Management Plan for the City of Grand Marais' watershed. This was accomplished with grant assistance from the Coastal Program and leadership from a local Storm Water Committee. Digital data on watershed rainfall and storm event runoff rates was collected and runoff impacts were evaluated through computer modeling. A number of stormwater mitigation projects have been identified through the plan process.

 

306-10-01: BMP Implementation in Minnesota's Lake Superior Drainage Basin

Funding a lakeshore engineering technician for one year (at half time) in the Duluth BWSR office. This position works with the lakeshore engineer and local government units to educate landowners, design best management practices, and provide construction oversight for erosion control and water quality best management practices throughout the Minnesota portion of the Lake Superior Drainage Basin.


306-23-00: Local Implementation of Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Programs

A natural resource management assistance package available in St. Louis County's Coastal Zone to enhance local implementation of nonpoint source pollution reduction programs. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 225 kb

 

306-16-00:  Stormwater Management Plan for Grand Marais Watershed
A stormwater management plan which will include a prioritized list of recommended projects to the LGUs.
Project Summary Sheet 1 page 182 kb

 

306-15-00:  Stormwater Management Plan for the City of Two Harbors
A stormwater management plan which will allow the City to evaluate and manage stormwater quantity and quality which result from development or other modifications in the subwatersheds within the City limits. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 186 kb