Annual Plan of Work 2009

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1 Annual Plan of Work 2009 Our mission is to assist the citizens of Faribault County in improving water quality and reducing soil erosion, establishing wildlife habitat, and promoting information and education to ensure continued clean water for future generations and continued productivity of our soil and water

2 The purpose of this annual plan is to guide the SWCD in effectively providing land and water conservation opportunities to the residents of Faribault County. Our 2009 Annual Plan of Work is developed from assessing our annual needs, and the Faribault County Local Water Management Plan, which is adopted as our five-year Comprehensive Plan District Board Chairman Larry Wigern Vice Chairman Jean Millmann Treasurer Milton Steele Secretary Bill Anderson P/R Neal Mensing 2009 Staff Manager Michele Stindtman Asst. Manager Brandee Douglas Technician Shane Johnson W.Q Technician Chad Viland Secretary Linda Berndt Urban Specialist Jesi Matthew NRCS Deanna Pomije NRCS Technician Gordy Barnes

3 DISTRICT OPERATIONS Regular Board meetings to be held the second Monday of each month Invite local, state and federal partners when necessary Joint Powers Agreement and meetings with Faribault County Hold regular staff meetings Necessary training opportunities will be provided to staff and supervisors Yearly employee evaluations will be conducted in November Program evaluations completed as necessary Attend monthly meetings of the Faribault County Board of Commissioners Work with County Auditor on budgeting issues Attend 2009 MASWCD Annual Convention Complete required 2009 reports by deadlines Update the website as needed throughout the year As the SWCD is the lead agency for the Faribault County Local Water Management(LWM) Plan, it was our intent to format the 2009 SWCD Annual Plan with a similar outline to the adopted LWM plan. 3

4 WATER QUALITY SURFACE WATER Continued involvement in the development of Total Maximum Daily Load s (TMDL s) and implementation plans: Lower Minnesota River Dissolved Oxygen Minnesota River Turbidity Blue Earth River Fecal Coliform Blue Earth River Sediment Distribution of materials for citizen stream monitors, and recruit two additional members Apply for funding to add additional monitoring sites Develop and distribute 2008 Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (CSMP) Report for Faribault County Host a CSMP presentation GROUND WATER Encourage development of wellhead protection plans Continue to offer 50% cost-share funding for unused well sealing Continue monitoring efforts with DNR OB Well program Pilot Grove Township Promote the updated minimum isolation distance LAKE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT Work with Minnesota Lake and the DNR on Phase I restoration project 4

5 WATER QUALITY (Continued) WASTEWATER Work with the City of Walters as necessary Continue to meet with the Huntley Sewer District on a quarterly basis Mail out pumping notifications with Septic Pumping and Maintenance Newsletters Notify 300 homeowners in sections 24, 25, and 26 on the 12 year plan Work with the University of MN to host a septic designer course in March Continue to look for funding for the Unincorporated Community of Guckeen Continue to work with cities to complete plans by deadlines Continued support of the County Septic Ordinance Host Septic Contractor Meeting in February Continue to work with homeowners to meet 10 month deadlines due to building permit application and/or property transaction form Keep SSTS database updated for compliance and maintenance information Coordinate and host SSTS professional training session on Soils in July Host meetings to discuss septic ordinance requirements for cities on MPCA 7082 requirements NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION Will continue to promote and implement Best Management Practices Attend quarterly meetings of the Lower Minnesota Turbidity TMDL Stakeholder Group Active participation in the application of the 2009 Clean Water Legacy funds through GBERBA 5


7 STORMWATER MANAGEMENT 2009 Planned Activities URBAN STORMWATER Urban Outreach Specialist will continue education and implementation work with communities in Faribault and Martin Counties and throughout the GBERBA area Encumber 319 project funds Work with Metro Blooms to conduct raingarden workshops Work with City of Wells to complete installation of Stormwater Retention project at Broadway Apartment site, and a number of private projects Stormwater display at Faribault County Fair and other community events Work with Master Gardeners on developing county rain barrel program Organize a tour of stormwater management sites in the Twin Cities Metro area Work with the City of Bricelyn to establish public rain gardens Organize a stormdrain stenciling project in Bricelyn Continue to distribute quarterly stormwater newsletter URBAN FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION Work with the communities on flood reduction plans (Cities of Truman, Wells, MN Lake) Work with cities on alternative stormwater plans 7

8 DRAINAGE MANAGEMENT 2009 Planned Activities DRAINAGE MANAGEMENT Continue to assist County with development of Drainage Policy Assist county with Drainage Records Modernization Grant Assist Ditch Viewers and Drainage Authority with map production as requested Identify drainage systems that directly discharge into a TMDL impairment Provide educational opportunities as requested Provide support to ensure compliance of new drainage rules, as requested Identify areas of drainage systems that are overloaded as high priority for water storage areas Work with the county to continue updating the GIS drainage information Identify buffered / non-buffered areas along open ditch systems Continue to use tile camera to assess conditions Assist in the development of drainage systems interactive mapper AGRICULTURAL FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION Identify areas within county drainage watersheds that would benefit from water retention projects 8

9 EROSION CONTROL 2009 Planned Activities SOIL EROSION and SEDIMENT 2009 tree program offered to landowners Tree planting service offered Conduct site inspections as required on installed practices Conduct tillage transect survey if required Host General Contractor Meeting in February Work with landowners and contractors on designing and installing Best Management Practices through State Cost-Share and other cost-share programs BANK and SHORELINE EROSION Utilize the State Cost Share buffer cost share program for the installation of native buffers along county ditches and other surface waters Identify agricultural areas within shoreland that are not buffered Attend shoreland rules training Attend shoreland management training by UMN Extension CONSTRUCTION SITE EROSION 2009 Contractor Meeting discuss WCA requirements in regard to construction Continue to promote the Phase II stormwater requirements through educational presentations 9

10 2009 COST-SHARE REQUIREMENTS: For FY 2009, Faribault County will receive $ 23, in State Cost-Share Funds. Of these funds: $18, will be available for projects, and 20%, $4, will be available for Technical Assistance For FY 09, the SWCD Board has established a program policy. This policy identifies the program period, the priority area, cost share rates, approved practices, and contract dates. This policy was approved by the SWCD board on October 8, The policy identifies the priority area as the entire county, but additional priorities will be put on projects according to the following: HIGH PRIORITY EROSION PROBLEMS: Where erosion from wind is occurring equal to, or in excess of, 2 x T tons per acre per year or is occurring on any area that exhibits active water erosion or are identified as high priority in the Local Water Management Plan or the SWCD s Comprehensive Plan. HIGH PRIORITY WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS: Where sediment, nutrients, chemicals, or other pollutants discharge to DNR designated protected waters or to any high priority waters as identified in the Local Water Management Plan or the SWCD s Comprehensive Plan, or discharge to a sinkhole or groundwater. HIGH PRIORITY FEEDLOTS: Feedlots are a high priority for the SWCD. Faribault County is delegated and employs a fulltime Feedlot Officer to administer the program for feedlots that are not under federal regulation. The current Feedlot Ordinance was adopted in The SWCD assists the county with feedlot program obligations. 10

11 FIRST PRIORITY WORK AREAS FOR FARIBAULT COUNTY: Priority will be given to projects that are impacted by: Areas within 1,000 feet of surface water Willingness to utilize existing dollars Susceptibility to Wind Erosion Susceptibility to Water Erosion Shallow Aquifers Special Bedrock Features Soils Present Imminent Health Threats Abandoned Wells Nutrient Management Drainage System Riparian Lands Funding Availability Wellhead Protection Area Feedlot Runoff TMDL Area 11


13 AGRICULTURE 2009 Planned Activities ANIMAL AGRICULTURE- Complete required 25% registration and site inspections Attend required County Feedlot Officer (CFO) training sessions and conference Feedlot articles in the Conservation Connection Respond to complaints as necessary Complete Level III Field Inspections of land application of manure Update feedlot and spreading acre databases in GIS and elink Complete the design of the Interpretive Agriculture Signs at Green Giant Park MANURE MANAGEMENT Develop 3 Manure Management Plans according to NRCS Standards NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANNING Complete 3 Nutrient Management Plans Staff with TSP authority for writing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans Utilize GBERBA staff to host 2 Nutrient Management Training Sessions in county Feedlot Cost-Share Program: Faribault County and the SWCD will continue to seek funding for feedlot improvements as necessary. 13

14 NATURAL RESOURCES 2009 Planned Activities Promote the use of native species in project construction Work with the DNR on the Minnesota Lake Riparian Project Work with the NRCS, FSA, and DOT on establishing living snowfence sites Continue to work with the Watchable Wildlife local group Continue to assist with the Steinberg Nature Park 14

15 OTHER ACTIVITIES 2009 Planned Activities WETLAND CONSERVATION ACT (WCA) Attend required WCA training sessions Provide wetland determination and banking information to landowners as needed Make decisions on submitted applications Inform TEP panel and Appeals Board on WCA rule changes STATE REVOLVING FUND (SRF) PROGRAM Continue to work with program as necessary E-911 PROGRAM Assist with program as necessary Assign numbers as required Cooperate with Sheriff s Department on purchase of GPS equipment and software 15

16 EDUCATION ACTIVITIES 2009 Planned Activities Coordination of Envirothon 5 th Grade Environmental Day Camp SEEDS recycling and tree programs Sponsor Community Ed Ecology Bus Program COLLABORATION 2009 Planned Activities Local Work Group (NRCS, FSA, SWCD) Local Drainage Committee Develop Comprehensive Weed Management Task Force Ongoing CWP Programs (Maple and Blue Earth) Participate in local, state groups and organization as requested and/or necessary 16

17 COUNTY REVENUES: County Allocation: 58, P and Z Administrative Reimbursement 26, P and Z Clerical and Expense Reimb. 20, Ditch Program 0.00 Tile Camera Program 1, Total County 106, Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) Base Grant 19, WCA 10, Shoreland 3, ISTS 10, Feedlots 49, County Levy 4, Total NRBG 95, STATE General Services 23, Easement Services 13, State Cost Share - Tech 4, Total State 41, Miscellaneous Interest 4, Trees 15, Other Services/Chgs/Training Funds 18, Urban/CWP Grant Reimbursements 45, Federal 1, Misc. Grants Received 22, Total Miscellaneous 105, TOTAL REVENUES 349, DISTRICT BUDGET 17

18 EXPENDITURES: Personnel Services (6) Employee Wages/Employer Share 234, Health Benefit + Life Ins 28, Supervisor Comp 5, Personnel Expenses Employee Expense 2, Supervisor Expense 1, Total Personel 271, (Expenses include PandZ) Training/Convention/registration 2, Dues 2, Education 2, Communications 6, Supplies 4, Vehicle Expense 15, Miscellaneous 5, Trees 6, Insurance 5, New Equipment/repair 2, Rent * New space 15, Office Equipment 10, Total Other Expenses 78, TOTAL EXPENDITURES 349, DISTRICT BUDGET 18

19 PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, OR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Faribault County Soil and Water Conservation District And Planning and Zoning 415 South Grove Street, Suite 8 Blue Earth, MN Phone: /2300 Fax: