PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PROPOSED WHITNEY LAKE RETENTION SITES A & C

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Managers of the Roseau River Watershed District (RRWD) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. at the Roseau City Center located at 121 Center Street East, Roseau, MN 56751, to determine the advisability of establishment of the Whitney Lake Retention Site A project and Whitney Lake Retention Site C project.

 

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The Whitney Lake subwatershed is located in northwest Minnesota near the Canadian border. Agricultural producers in the area suffer frequent inundation from even minor events in both the spring and summer causing crop loss and/or damage.

The purpose of the project is Flood Damage Reduction: Reduce damages to agricultural lands for a 10 year 24 hour storm (total 3.3 inches of precipitation) and reduce damages to roadways for a 25 year 24 hour storm event (total 3.9 inches of rainfall) in the Whitney Lake subwatershed.

The Project Team will identify problem areas, define strategic solutions to resolve those problems, and provide planning guidance to implement construction of retention and drainage projects.

Project Benefits:
  • Flood Damage Reduction
    • Reduce agricultural and private land damages
    • Reduce risk of road damages
  • Flood Detention
    • Reduce peak flows during high runoff events
    • Contribute to regional goal of reducing peak flows to the Red River
  • Erosion Reduction
    • Improve stability of watercourses
    • Reduce sediment and nutrient loading from upland sources
    • Improve water quality
    • Positive impact for wildlife and fish

Estimated Cost = 8 M

  • Federal RCPP / USDA – $0.5 M
  • State FDR – $3.75 M
  • Local RRWMB – $1.83 M
  • RRWD – $1.92 M

 

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