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Targeted Fertilizer Project Successful- Water Quality Protected, Farmers' Yield Optimized

September 26th, 2016: Annandale, Minn. – Four years ago, the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) instituted a program focused on protecting and improving water quality by assisting area farmers with implementing a newer best management practice on a watershed scale. At the end of this period, the CRWD is pleased to announce the program, known as the Targeted Fertilizer Application Reduction Project, has successfully concluded. Learn more!

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED REAPPORTIONMENT OF BENEFITS FOR PROPERTIES BENEFITTED BY THE SCHOOL SECTION LAKE OUTLET CONTROL PROJECT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED REPLACEMENT OF THE ICE BARRIER FOR THE SCHOOL SECTION LAKE OUTLET CONTROL PROJECT AND CORRESPONDING ASSESSMENT OF COSTS

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Time and Place Notice is hereby given that the Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) will meet at City Hall located in the City of Annandale, Minnesota, at 6:00 o'clock p.m. on October 19th, 2016, to consider the proposed reapportionment of benefits for properties benefitted by the School Section Lake Outlet Control Project, as well as the proposed replacement of the ice barrier for said Project.
Nature of Proposals The CRWD proposes to reapportion benefits for properties benefitted by the Project in order to account for changes in property configurations over time. Several properties have been split, combined and/or developed, requiring benefits per the Project's original assessment roll to be reapportioned to take these changes into proper account. The proposed reapportionment is available for review at the CRWD office.

The CRWD proposes to replace the current ice barrier with an engineered design that will alleviate safety and aesthetic concerns with the current barrier as well as improve overall Project function and longevity. The design is available for review at the CRWD office.
Proposed Assessment of Cost The total assessment proposed for both the replacement of the ice barrier and the building of the reserve for the Project's ongoing operations is $60,000, to be levied over a five-year period against those properties determined to be benefitted by the Project per the original assessment roll in proportion to the original benefits determination.
Authority The Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District proposes to proceed under the authority granted by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103D, as amended.
Written or Oral Comment Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed reapportionment and replacement may submit written comments until October 12, 2016, and will be heard at this meeting.
Dated Tuesday, September 20th, 2016.

By order of the Board of Managers

Robert Schiefelbein, Chair



Pleasant Lake Outlet Control Structure Closed September 4th, 2016

September 6th, 2016: Annandale, Minn. – The water level at the Grass Lake Dam on Clearwater / Grass Lakes surpassed 4.04 feet on the Grass Lake Dam Staff Gauge on September 4th, 2016. Per the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' permit for the operation of the Pleasant Lake Outlet Control Structure, the outlet was closed at 6:45pm on on the 4th. Residents on Pleasant Lake can expect water levels to rise due to the closing of the outlet. However, the lake will begin to outlet once the lake level reaches the level of the Minnesota Department of Transportation culvert under State Highway 24 on the NE corner of the lake. The Clearwater River Watershed District will continue to monitor water levels at the Grass Lake Dam; once water levels are below 4.04 feet, the Pleasant Lake Outlet Control Structure will be opened.

Please feel free to contact the District office if you have any further questions on this matter.



Alternative Tile Intake Project - Enrollment Open

September 17th, 2015: Annandale, Minn. – The Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) is offering to assist farmers in the Kimball and Watkins area with replacing their open tile intakes with alternatives that maintain drainage and protect water resources. Click here to learn more!