North St. Louis Soil and WaterConservation District
Northland Office Building307 1
St. South, Suite 114Virginia, MN 55792(218) 742-9505
August 20, 2008
Coastal Implementation Grant
Project # 310-03-07Contract # B03581
The grant funding for these projects was intended to implement nonpoint source technicalassistance to both private landowners as well as local units of government by providingrecommendations and technical assistance with issues such as erosion control,shoreland/riparian planting, nutrient runoff management, habitat enhancement and wetlandconservation. An enhanced level of field reviews was made possible by the utilization of aGlobal Positioning System (GPS) and a Geographic Information System (GIS) incoordination with each other. These tools provided an improvement in tracking nonpointsource pollution as well as the ability to define riparian buffer zones. A YSI 556 multi-parameter water sampler purchased with this grant was used to assist two Lake Associationsand the Minnesota DNR in lake sampling.
24 private landowners, four city governments and St. Louis County were assisted for non-point pollution prevention. A YSI 556 multi-parameter water sample tester was purchasedand used to assist two area Lake Associations and the Minnesota DNR in sampling. Data wasrecorded and archived to both the DNR and the EPA Storet data libraries. An educationalbrochure with two sections, one for wetlands and another for shoreland best managementpractices was designed and 500 copies printed.
Area lakes were sampled 24 times. This will continue in the future, adding datanecessary for long term monitoring
Wetland determinations were completed and mapped efficiently. 7 landowners wereassisted over the phone or in the office by accessing pertinent data via GIS rather thanonsite visits.
Home and driveway construction. Site visits were made to discuss best possiblelocations, and wetland sequencing was performed.
The mission of the North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide leadership andprograms that protect our natural resources by uniting people and organizations to overcome obstacleswhile protecting and maintaining the diversity of our environment.