Projects & Reports

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Streambank Exclusion
This program will provide incentive to cattle growers to remove cattle from the riparian corridor.
As a result of a mass mailing, staff has received interest in the program from several producers. A project that near Rice Lake that would exclude roughly 20 head of cattle from a tributary to Carver Creek will be installed this fall.

Carver Clean Water Initiative
This initiative will provide businesses and non-profit organizations (non-governmental) up to $25,000 in cost share to install clean water projects on their property.

A bid has been awarded to complete installation of two rain gardens at the Waconia Food Shelf. Project construction will get underway the last week in September. This project will capture nearly two acres of existing runoff that is entering Lake Waconia untreated. Four individual landowners have participated in the individual landowner portion of this program. These projects include two shoreline restoration projects on Lake Waconia, a dry creek bed project on Lake Bavaria, and a stormwater reuse system at Roots Return Heritage farm.

Bevens, Carver, Silver, and West Chaska Creeks PTMApp Development
PTMApp is a GIS powered toolbar that allows water resource managers to identify the feasibility, cost effectiveness, and water quality benefits of a variety of best management practices in rural areas. Utilizing terrain analysis and research values associated with soils and BMP type reductions, the end product will aide WMO staff in identifying future projects that will ultimately mitigate sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus delivery to Bevens, Carver, Silver, and West Chaska Creeks.
Treatment train analysis nearly complete, draft report disseminated.

Fountain Park Stormwater Retrofit

Much of the city’s stormwater infrastructure is dated, and several large developed areas downtown Waconia drain directly to the lake without treatment. Of particular concern, is an 11.19 acre area that drains to the Fountain Park Pond adjacent to Waconia City Hall. During a rain event the pond is dramatically overwhelmed providing little treatment. The proposed project aims to add substantial stormwater treatment capacity to the Fountain Park area by adding a suite of BMPs that will mitigate direct suspended solid and phosphorus loading to Lake Waconia. This project is part of a larger stormwater retrofit project in this area of the city. The WMO received a Clean Water Partnership Grant from MPCA in 2014 to defray $93,000 of the total project cost.

Project construction is complete with the installation of a stormwater treatment “tree box” in late summer.

Mayer Wetland Restoration
Project aims to restore a wetland area adjacent to Central Pond.

Major work is complete.  Vegetation was planted in spring of 2017.

Watertown Wetland Restoration
Project aims to restore a wetland area south of the City of Watertown east of County Rd 10.

Partnership project with the City of Watertown and County Public Works.  Planning and permitting work continue with some construction occurring in fall 2017.


Benton Lake (Phase 2)
Phase I was the installation of a fish barrier at the outlet of the lake, which will virtually eliminate the possibility of carp re-establishing within Benton Lake from Carver Creek.

WMO staff is currently working to conduct an electro-fishing survey on Benton Lake that will include telemetry tagging. This will allow staff to better understand how carp move throughout the system, and is the first step forward in the physical removal (netting) of carp. The survey and removal are slated to begin the last week of September, 2017.


Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS)
This program incentivizes direct discharge SSTS systems in the Bevens/Carver creek TMDL watersheds and for first come-first serve volunteers CCWMO wide.

2017 Funds Update
The Committee recommended primary sub-watersheds of CC9 and CC11 and CR 19. The secondary sub-watershed is the portion of CA10-4 in Benton and Dahlgren Townships. The County Board approved the recommendation in May.  Environmental Services staff have been implementing the 2017 program.




CCWMO Annual reports 

This report is intended to provide a look at the activities accomplished as well as challenges encountered by the CCMWO. 

2016 CCWMO Annual report

2015 CCWMO Annual report
2014 CCWMO Annual report

2013 CCWMO Annual report
2012 CCWMO Annual report
2011 CCWMO Annual report
2010 CCWMO Annual report

 2014 Accomplishments CCWMO

Year in Review Report


This is a smaller version of the Annual Report, summing CCWMO's accomplishments for the year. in 2-4 pages.  

2015 Year in Review 
2014 Year in Review



Chl a sampler


Water Quality Reports

Each spring staff put out the annual Water Report containing information about pollutants, sources, monitoring, each watershed and more. Visit our Water Quality page for more info and to view the report.


 Carver Creek Lakes TMDL



Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs):

Water bodies identified as impaired, meaning they do not meet water quality standards for their designated use, are listed on the Minnesota's Impaired Waters list. Water bodies listed need to complete a TMDL study which identifies sources of the pollution causing the impairment and lays out plans to reduce pollution to the lake or river.

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