Rice Lake Project
Since 2003, the District has worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). From 2003-07, The NRCS– Small Watershed Assistance group conducted an in-depth assessment study on Rice Lake wetland to analyze best management practices for reducing phosphorus exports, with wetland restoration selected as the most technically feasible option. This year the District is well on it's way to completing the purchases of flowage easements for the project. The next step will be the construction of the dam structures, ditch plugs and raising of Anchor Road.
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Rice Lake Wetland Restoration Project EQB Notice
The Pelican River Watershed District (RPWD) is proposing to restore the Rice Lake Wetland Complex just north of the City of Detroit Lakes in Becker County. The project is being proposed in order to achieve phosphorus reductions in the Detroit Chain of Lakes. The Proposed Project includes the construction of two outlet structures with stoplog adjustable weirs on Rice Creek. This would increase adjacent wetland depths, enhance existing wetlands, and create additional wetland acreage primarily in the state-owned, Frank Wildlife Management Area. The Proposed Project would also restore water flow to a historic channel of Rice Creek to further enhance adjacent riparian habitat.
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For the Enviormental Assesment Worksheet (with Appendix A & B) click HERE
(Appendix A) (Appendix B) (Appendix C)
Rice Lake Project BWSR/Clean Water Land & Legacy Grant Report
The District initiated a project in 2003, called "The Nutrient Reductions to Detroit Lake Project", to improve the water quality of Detroit Lake, downstream lakes, and the watershed area. It also promoted a healthy recreation-based economy for the Detroit Lakes region in northwestern Minnesota.
To read the full report click HERE