Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program

Providing Technical Assistance in Implementation of the
Coastal Nonpoint Program (2008 – 2009)

R.C. Boheim
South St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District
August 17, 2009
Project No. 310-07-08
Contract No. B16235

This project was funded in part under the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

Introduction
The South St. Louis SWCD requested $15,400 in Coastal Nonpoint Implementation funding. This funding assisted us with the implementation of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program by providing engineering, educational, and technical assistance throughout the Lake Superior Basin. The grant provided funding for engineering and technical assistance in Carlton, Cook, Lake, North St. Louis and South St. Louis SWCDs. It also provided for increased implementation of the nonpoint programs in the South St. Louis SWCD.

Work Completed
Task 1 Proposed:
Provide private landowners with conservation engineering, forestry and other technical
assistance throughout the Lake Superior Basin and Coastal Boundary
This project will addressed the following priority management measures as identified in
Minnesota’s Coastal Nonpoint Program for the Lake Superior Watershed.
Task 1 Completed:
Engineering assistance was provided for 27 different projects. The project addressed the
following Coastal Program elements:

Category 5.3: Streambank and Shoreline Erosion, f) Eroding Streambanks and Shorelines, C) Nonregulatory Approach, 1) Economic Incentives & 2) Information Technical Assistance Category 3.1: Urban/Rural Runoff, a) & c) New Development & Site Development, C) Nonreglatory approach, 2) Information Technical Assistance

Task 2 Proposed: Implementing Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Nonpoint Program by providing public information/educational activities throughout the Lake Superior Coastal Zone. Specific activities will include: Organize and hold one stormwater workshop or tour Organize and hold at least two wetland and erosion and sediment control workshops for contractors and local governments Produce one newsletter and distribute via newspaper Produce one mailing aimed directly at contractors - Contractor News Task 2 Completed: Organize and hold one stormwater workshop or tour This was not done. This was not completed because as we have held these tours over the past few years there has been less interest. More effort was directed towards providing technical assistance Organize and hold at least two wetland and erosion and sediment control workshops for contractors and local governments This was not done. More effort was directed towards providing technical assistance.

Produce one newsletter and distribute via newspaper One newsletter was completed and distributed via the Duluth News Tribune Sunday paper and Duluth Budgeteer in Mid-February. 64,000 copies were distributed. Produce one mailing aimed directly at contractors - Contractor News This was not done. More effort was directed towards providing technical assistance

Results
This project allowed shared engineering staff to provide assistance for 27 projects in the Coastal Boundary and Lake Superior Basin. Landowners/Projects assisted: Carlton Karp Pond Restoration Roper Oleson Blackhoof Township Cook Lutsen Erosion Control Uller Gully GM Rain Gardens Creechville Stormwater Pond assessment Camp 20 Culvert Lutsen Golf Course Haney Streambank Lake Nelson Soiseth Upgard Jacobsen Walker Silver Bay Ditch assessment Two Harbors Golf Course Two Harbors Landfill Erickson's lakeshore South St. Louis 22nd Ave. West Amity Creek Energy Plus Lakeside Stormwater Project Jumbo Gully Irresistable Ink Zenter

Results of outreach activities are difficult to measure, however it is anticipated that more awareness will lead to more effective nonpoint source pollution control projects. The Spring newsletter was distributed to 64, 000 household in the winter of 2009. The SWCD believes that the results of this project were positive. Several people were provided direct assistance and many more were provided some information about SWCD programs and nonpoint sources pollution.

Leveraged Dollars
Coastal Nonpoint Program funds were used to enhance delivery of Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Programming in Lake Superior’s Coastal Boundary and Lake Superior Basin. Many other funding sources were leverage through the use of this funding: State of Minnesota Nonpoint Polluation Assistance Program - $96,000 State Of Minnesota SWCD General Service Grant - $22,000 Private landowners implementing SWCD recommendations - Unknown

Conclusions
The project was effective sharing and utilizing shared technical services to deliver nonpoint source pollution reduction technical assistance. The SWCD believes that the goals of the Coastal Nonpoint Program will best be met through continued cooperation between Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program and Soil & Water Conservation Districts.

Performance Indicators
Government Coordinator and Decision-Making The project included the distribution of education material. 64,000 newsletters were distributed to area households via the Duluth News Tribune and Duluth Budgeteer.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful