The West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Red Lake Watershed District, has received $208,610 from the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, through the Board of Water and Soil Resources.
These monies were awarded for the Burnham Creek Watershed Restoration Project, Phase 1. Phase 1 concentrates on a portion of the upper end of the Burnham Creek Channel, located in Sections 11, 13, and 14 in Russia Township, for a total length of two miles.
Severe down cutting of the bottom of the channel has been occurring over the past 20 years. This is causing bank failure; sediment has blocked numerous side water inlet pipes, several road crossings, and restricted flow through the culverts. An estimated total loss of soil is approximately 117 tons per year. This “loss” is adding to the existing poor water quality, reduced flows, causing crop loss and localized flooding, damaging roads and inhibiting fish life. A series of rock weirs will be placed at the optimum locations which would flatten out and stabilize the grade.
For more information regarding this project, contact the West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District at 281-6070.