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Heron Lake Watershed District
Regular Meeting
September 20, 2016
 
1. Call to Order
Jim Buschena called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Managers present: Bruce Leinen, Harvey Kruger, Jim Buschena, Wayne Rasche, and Gary Ewert
Staff: Erin Nordquist, Catherine Wegehaupt, and Jan Voit
Others: Rose Schultz, Jackson County; Marv Zylstra, Nobles County; Rod Sankey, City of Worthington; Mona Henkels, Murray SWCD; Kevin Stevens, Cottonwood County; Jerry Christopherson, and Allen Jensen
2. Agenda
Bruce Leinen made a motion to approve the agenda. Harvey Kruger seconded this. Motion carried unanimously.
3. Minutes
Wayne Rasche made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 23, 2016 budget hearing, August 23, 2016 regular meeting, Regional Buffer Workshop, and the Property and Project Site Visit. Gary Ewert seconded this. Motion carried unanimously.
4. Treasurer’s Report
Jan Voit presented the treasurer’s report and bills payable. Discussion was held regarding the amount of funds borrowed for the ditch systems. That information will be added to the treasurer’s report in October. Bruce Leinen made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report.  Jim Buschena seconded this. Motion carried unanimously.
5. Reports
District Administrator
Jan Voit reported on the Regional Buffer Workshop, Jack and Okabena Creek Sediment Reduction Project Final Report, levy certification, Property and Project Site Visit, judicial ditch line of credit, Major Watershed Project amendment, Seward 21 and 29 properties, Project 6, website, Clean Water Partnership Loan Program, financial information, and priorities for 2017.
Watershed Technician
Catherine Wegehaupt provided information on water sampling, Ducks Unlimited property water quality monitoring, Cover Crop Champions grant, information gathered for Houston Engineering for the West Fork Des Moines River Targeting and Prioritizing Endeavor, Minnesota Department of Agriculture grant, Third Crop Phosphorus Reduction Effort, and the buffer design symposium.
She explained the Seward 29 project. Discussion was held about a possible temporary fix, watershed area, survey and design, and bid process. At present, water runs beside the pipe, rather than through it. It has to be replaced through the entire structure. The pipe is approximately 60 feet long and 36 inches in diameter. The culvert is metal. The acidic soils may have contributed to the corrosion. The project was constructed in 1976. The expected life span is 10 years, though obviously it lasted longer than that. 
Discussion was held regarding the possibility of digging the pipe out and replacing it with PVC pipe, the use of rock for temporary erosion control, and whether the rock would cause the pipe to collapse. The engineers must complete a survey first to verify the watershed. Once that is done, a design will be completed, and a recommendation made.
Jim Buschena made a motion to purchase rock as a temporary solution for erosion control. Wayne Rasche seconded this. Motion carried unanimously. Catherine Wegehaupt will contact the Department of Natural Resources to start the permit application process. She will also contact contractors.
Catherine Wegehaupt explained the permit application for Larry Davis. The application is for construction in the City of Worthington, southwest of the intersection of Darling Drive and Grand Avenue, behind the American Reformed Church. The owner has subdivided the parcel into six single family home building sites. A house with attached garage will be constructed on each lot, along with associated driveways and sidewalks. A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) was submitted with the permit application. Site grading, silt fences along perimeters, roadway cleanup, protection of existing catch basins and storm inlets, and temporary and final turf establishment are all part of the SWPPP. Bruce Leinen made a motion to approve the permit application. Harvey Kruger seconded this. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion was held regarding compliance and enforcement authority for the buffer program and the need for uniformity between entities. The Soil and Water Conservation Districts will determine whether or not a parcel is in compliance. After that enforcement would be the responsibility of the county, watershed district, or Board of Water and Soil Resources. Communication with the counties regarding this subject will be undertaken in 2017.
Watershed Coordinator
Erin Nordquist gave an update on the feedlot inspections in Cottonwood and Murray County, stressor ID sampling, Local Work Group meeting, and data collection. Discussion was held regarding feedlot inspections. It was clarified that the inspections are done throughout the WFDMR watershed. Inspections are done on feedlots registered for 10 animal units or more. A MinnFARM is run to determine compliance based on the number of animal units for which the feedlot is registered. If the feedlot is non-compliant, options for fixes are discussed with the landowner.
6. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.
 
 
Harvey Kruger
Secretary