Erosion Control – Western MN

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  Issue: A sewer system update for a cooperative association in western Minnesota required multiple erosion control techniques. The project took place on over a half mile of rolling lakeshore, and within 10 feet of a stream and wetland that enter the lake.   Action: Disturbed areas were hydroseeded with Type IV wood fiber mulch…

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Erosion Control – East Central MN

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Issue: A small Minnesota town was updating its sewer system. The site had severe slopes, and construction work took place adjacent to paved roads. Action: Heavy duty silt fence was installed downslope of disturbed areas. Inlet protection was installed in the storm drains to prevent sediment from entering the storm sewer system. The area was…

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Geocell Shoreline Stabilization

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Issue: Loose shifting sand makes access to this beach difficult, and winter dock removal destabilizes the lake bank. Action: Installing geocell pervious stabilization halts erosion, allows for infiltration to clean runoff before it reaches the lake, and creates secure footing for beach access.

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Shoreline Stabilization

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  Issue: The owners wish to revegetate and stabilize the entire 150 feet width of their shoreline, less an access path. This site consists of a relatively flat yard and lawn that is mowed to a sand dune shoreline bank. There are several mature deciduous trees near or on the shoreline bank. The roots are…

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Shoreline Restoration

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  Issue: Large amounts of aquatic vegetation washing onto the beach of this large Minnesota lake makes the shore and shallow water uninviting and difficult to maintain.   Action: Planting the beach area with native wet meadow vegetation minimizes maintenance, adds year-round color, and protects the lake from upland runoff.

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Shoreline Stabilization – Soft Armor

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  Issue: A dangerous old timber stair needs to be removed from a steeply sloping shoreline. Removal may destabilize the hillside.   Action: Treated ties are removed, and straw logs, erosion fabric, seed and plants are installed. Deep-rooted native shrubs, ferns, sedges, grasses and flowers will restabilize the slope, slow and filter runoff, and capture…

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Municipal Raingarden

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  Issue: A swale carries runoff from an entire city block to a storm sewer pipe that eventually empties directly into a wild and scenic river. Action: Two raingarden basins and a vegetated swale minimize and infiltrate the majority of the runoff and add tremendous diversity and beauty to the site.

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Residential Raingarden

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  Issue: Roof, gutters, yard and driveway shed a substantial amount of unfiltered runoff down a steep slope onto the neighboring property and into the lake.   Action: Three raingardens were created below downspouts and downslope of the driveway surface to capture, filter and infiltrate runoff. Deep-rooted, moisture-loving sedges, grasses and flowers will add beauty…

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Shoreline Restoration

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Issue:  A lakeshore owner on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor, MN has a steep sandy shoreline with severe erosion problems. A large portion of the sandy shoreline has eroded away, causing the existing vegetation and trees to fall in the lake. Action:  A shoreline stabilization project is designed by the local Soil and Water Conservation…

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Commercial Raingarden

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Issue: A resort has overland flooding during spring thaw and heavy rains and must reduce an impervious surface area of 32 percent to meet current zoning requirements of 25 percent. Action: Impervious offsets were constructed on the property to allow this resort to keep their current impervious spaces. Multiple raingardens and a stormwater pond were…

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