On Tuesday the Martin County Commissioners learned the county was awarded a Projects and Practices grant, worth $882,000, from the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources as funded by the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. The project, “Nutrient Improvement Treatment Train”, includes drainage improvement is an 11-acre nutrient wetland and two-stage ditch. The whole project is estimated at $1.9 million. The $882,000 covers education, outreach and construction of the wetlands and two-stage ditch.

The project goal is to reduce pollutant loading to Amber Lake, which is designated as a Class 1, Domestic Consumption use within the Drinking Water Source Management Area – Surface Water for the City of Fairmont. In recent years, there have been concerns with high nitrate concentrations entering this drinking water source. The project includes design and construction of a sediment and nutrient treatment train, which includes an 11-are nutrient treatment wetland and an 8,000 linear feet two-stage ditch upstream of Amber Lake. The project will reduce 12,827 pounds per year of nitrate, 463 pounds per year of total phosphorus, and 29 tons per year of sediment to Amber Lake. These reductions support goals detailed in the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) 2019 Source Water Assessment (SW) for the City of Fairmont Public Water System. The project also aligns with the Martin County Local Water Plan (Water Plan) priority concern of surface water and objective of protecting surface water quality/quantity. This project will support those goals by reducing nitrate, phosphorus, and sediment loading to Amber, Hall, and Budd Lakes, which are listed by the state as impaired for excess nutrients.

For more, see the Fairmont Sentinel Article.

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