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GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM 2 nd Meeting January 29 th, 2014 Wild Rice Watershed District Offices.

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1 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM 2 nd Meeting January 29 th, 2014 Wild Rice Watershed District Offices

2 AGENDA  1 st Meeting Review  2 nd Meeting Objectives  Watershed Problem Statement (action)  Goals (action)  Strategies/Alternatives  Strategies/Alternatives to Consider/Not Consider

3 PROJECT TEAM GOAL  Develop viable strategy option(s) to solve known problem(s) within Upper Green Meadow Subwatershed for Wild Rice River Watershed District Board of Managers consideration  Completion: Spring 2014  Anticipate 1- 6 Meetings

4 1 ST MEETING OBJECTIVES 1. Provide Background Information  MN Mediation Agreement and Process 2. Establish Project Team Process/Ground Rules 3. Identify and Prioritize Water Resource Problems in the Upper Green Meadow Watershed 4. Determine if there is Agreement Among Project Team Representatives that the Problem(s) is/are Severe Enough to Warrant Action by the Wild Rice Watershed District 5. Develop Green Meadow Watershed Problem Statement

5 PROCESS …SOME RELEVANT QUOTES “Never mistake activity for accomplishment” (John Wooden, ) “The key to failure is trying to please everybody” (Bill Cosby, )

6 PROCESS …PROJECT DEVELOPMENT STEPS 1. Problem Identification 2. Existing Watershed Condition 3. Goal(s), Purpose, and Need 4. Range of Alternatives/Alternatives Evaluation 5. Selection of Preferred Alternative(s)

7 PROCESS ….ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  WATERSHED DISTRICT (Statutory Authority)  Identify Areas of Concern  Invite Stakeholders to Serve on PT  Coordinate Meetings  Arrange for Facilitator  Record Keeping  Communication with PT Members  BOARD MEMBERS  PT Direction, Focus, Support  Considering Alternatives  Taking Action (DECISION-MAKING BODY)

8 PROCESS …ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  UPPER GREAN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM  Represent Stakeholder Constituency  Identify Problems and Opportunities for FDR/NRE  Formulate and Evaluate Alternative(s) to Address Problems and Opportunities  Recommend Preferred Alternative to Wild Rice Watershed District Board  Identify and Clarify Regulatory Requirements and Permitting  Review/Comment on Key Project Documents  Assist if the Formulation of Operating/Monitoring Plans  DECISION-MAKING…

9 PROCESS … PROJECT TEAM DECISION-MAKING  Consensus – Individuals collectively make a choice

10 PROCESS … PROJECT TEAM DECISION-MAKING  “I CAN LIVE WITH IT”

11 PROCESS – FINAL WORD … PROJECT TEAM DECISION-MAKING  Consensus – Individuals collectively make a choice  “I can live with it”  Three Kinds of Believers (C. Wright Mills) Vulgar Critical Sophisticated

12 PROCESS …ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  Facilitator/Watershed Administrator/Consulting Engineer/FDRWG Coordinator  NOT PT Member – no participation in developing alternatives  Guide PT – FDRWG Mediation Agreement  Monitor - Ground Rules, PT Dynamics  Ask Questions  Clarify Issues  Worker Bee  Provide Information  Manage Process  Create Products (notes, reports, etc.)

13 GROUND RULES/EXPECTATIONS …PROJECT TEAM MEETING/DISCUSSION  Everyone Participates  No Single “Right” Answer  Keep an Open Mind (Sophisticated Thinker)  Listen to Others  Keep Discussion on Track  Try to Understand the Views with Whom you Disagree  Ask Questions  Disagreements OK  Strive for “I can Live with it”

14 GROUND RULES/EXPECTATIONS …PROJECT TEAM COMMUNICATION  Constituency – Communication Lead  Watershed District Board - WD Administrator  Press Media – WD Administrator  Stakeholders – Project Team Members  If consensus cannot be reached, the Project Team member(s) with a minority opposing opinion, shall work with the “Additional Resources Team” to prepare a minority report for the Wild Rice Watershed District Board

15 GROUND RULES/EXPECTATIONS …PROJECT TEAM PARTICIPATION  “Snooze you Loose” Rule

16 2 ND MEETING OBJECTIVES:  Approve/Finalize DRAFT Green Meadow Watershed Problem Statement*  Establish Goals  Establish Range of Possible Alternatives

17 GREEN MEADOW PROBLEM STATEMENT (DRAFT)  Handout(s)  PT Input (Location? Extent? Frequency?)  Private Infrastructure Damages?  Agricultural Land Flooding?  Insufficient Drainage?  Natural Resources?  Next Steps/COE Early Coordination Meeting  Additional Resources Team

18 PROBLEMS - DETAILS  Private Infrastructure Damages  Agricultural Land Flooding  Natural Resources

19 GOAL(S)  The DESIRED result the Green Meadow Project Team envisions, plans and commits to achieve.  An articulated end-point  Goals:  Project Team (Green Meadow Subwatershed)  Watershed*  Basin*  Purpose and Need Statement  Additional Resources Team

20 RED RIVER BASIN GOALS (JERRY)  RRBC Long Term Flood Solutions  20% Flow Reduction Goal on the Mainstem Red River of the North  WRWD Storage Allocation/District Storage Plan Overview  RRBC Slides

21 WILD RICE WATERSHED GOALS (JERRY/KEVIN) (OVERALL PLAN)  Water Quantity Goals (Section 5.1)  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters. (Goal-1)  To administer and maintain the drainage systems of the District in order to fulfill their original function. (Goal-2)  Systems Approach Planning Process Goals (Water Quantity)  Provide protection of rural residences and buildings to a minimum of 2-feet of freeboard over the flood of record, or 1-foot above the administrative 100-year flood, whichever is greater. (Goal-8)  Provide community protection to a minimum of the flood of record plus uncertainty (3- feet), the 100-year flood plus uncertainty, or the 500-year flood, whichever is greatest. (Goal-9)  Reduce flood damages to transportation and other public infrastructure. (Goal-10)  Reduce flooding on the Red River of the North. (Goal-11)

22 WILD RICE WATERSHED GOALS (OVERALL PLAN)  WATER QUALITY GOALS (Section 5.2)  Maintain or improve water quality of all surface water and groundwater resources within the District. (Goal-12)  Systems Approach Planning Process Goals (Water Quality)  Improve river and stream water quality to an index of Biotic Integrity corresponding to excellent condition (score 40-50). (Goal-13)  Reduce erosion from land by implementing agricultural conservation practices on lands with erosion rates exceeding “tolerable”3 or with very high or high potential sediment yield. (Goal-15)  Reduce sedimentation into waterways by implementing agricultural conservation practices on all lands with high potential sediment yield. (Goal- 16)

23 WILD RICE WATERSHED GOALS (OVERALL PLAN)  NATURAL RESOURCES GOALS (Section 5.3)  Improve the condition of natural resources on a district-wide basis compared to the present condition. (Goal-24)  Address the high-priority natural resource problems for each geomorphic region. (Goal-25)  Avoid and minimize adverse natural resource impacts to the extent possible for any specific strategy. (Goal-26)

24 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Road Damages -  Public Infrastructure - Upper Green Meadow Dam  Private Infrastructure -  Agricultural Land Flooding  Natural Resources  Altered Hydrology -  Unstable Water Courses –  Limited Amount of Upland Habitat -  Degraded soil health -

25 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Road Damages –  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters.  Reduce flood damages to transportation and other public infrastructure. (Goal-10)

26 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Public Infrastructure - Upper Green Meadow Dam  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters.  Provide community protection to a minimum of the flood of record plus uncertainty (3-feet), the 100-year flood plus uncertainty, or the 500-year flood, whichever is greatest. (Goal-9)

27 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Private Infrastructure –  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters.  Provide protection of rural residences and buildings to a minimum of 2-feet of freeboard over the flood of record, or 1-foot above the administrative 100-year flood, whichever is greater. (Goal-8)

28 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Channel/Bank Erosion –  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters.  Reduce erosion from land by implementing agricultural conservation practices on lands with erosion rates exceeding “tolerable”3 or with very high or high potential sediment yield. (Goal-15)  Reduce sedimentation into waterways by implementing agricultural conservation practices on all lands with high potential sediment yield. (Goal-16)

29 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Agricultural Land Flooding –  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters.  To administer and maintain the drainage systems of the District in order to fulfill their original function.  Reduce erosion from land by implementing agricultural conservation practices on lands with erosion rates exceeding “tolerable”3 or with very high or high potential sediment yield. (Goal-15)  Reduce sedimentation into waterways by implementing agricultural conservation practices on all lands with high potential sediment yield. (Goal-16)

30 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Natural Resources - Altered Hydrology  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters.  Improve river and stream water quality to an index of Biotic Integrity corresponding to excellent condition (score 40-50). (Goal-13)  Reduce erosion from land by implementing agricultural conservation practices on lands with erosion rates exceeding “tolerable”3 or with very high or high potential sediment yield. (Goal-15)  Reduce sedimentation into waterways by implementing agricultural conservation practices on all lands with high potential sediment yield. (Goal-16)  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters. Maintain or improve water quality of all surface water and groundwater resources within the District. (Goal-12)

31 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Natural Resources – Unstable Watercourses  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters.  Improve river and stream water quality to an index of Biotic Integrity corresponding to excellent condition (score 40-50). (Goal-13)  Reduce erosion from land by implementing agricultural conservation practices on lands with erosion rates exceeding “tolerable”3 or with very high or high potential sediment yield. (Goal-15)  Reduce sedimentation into waterways by implementing agricultural conservation practices on all lands with high potential sediment yield. (Goal-16)  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters. Maintain or improve water quality of all surface water and groundwater resources within the District. (Goal-12)

32 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Natural Resources – Limited Upland Habitats  To reduce or alleviate the damage caused by floodwaters.  Improve the condition of natural resources on a district-wide basis compared to the present condition. (Goal-24)  Avoid and minimize adverse natural resource impacts to the extent possible for any specific strategy

33 GREEN MEADOW PROJECT TEAM GOAL(S)  Natural Resources –Degraded soil health  Reduce erosion from land by implementing agricultural conservation practices on lands with erosion rates exceeding “tolerable”3 or with very high or high potential sediment yield. (Goal-15)  Reduce sedimentation into waterways by implementing agricultural conservation practices on all lands with high potential sediment yield. (Goal-16)

34 RANGE OF STRATEGIES/ALTERNATIVES (HENRY) (TECHNICAL PAPER 11)  Reduce Flood Volume  Construction or Restoration of Depressional Wetlands, Cropland BMPs, Conversion of Cropland to Perennial Grassland, Conversion of Land Use to Forest, Other Beneficial Uses of Stored Water  Increase Conveyance Capacity  Channelization, Agricultural Drainage, Diversions, Setting Back Existing Levees, Increasing Road Crossing Capacity  Increase Temporary Flood Storage  On Channel Impoundments, Off Channel Impoundments, Restored or Created Wetlands, Drainage, Culvert Sizing, Setting Back Existing Levees, Overtopping Levees  Protection / Avoidance  Urban Levees, Farmstead Levees, Agricultural Levees, Evacuation of the Floodplain, Floodproofing, Flood Warning and Emergency Response Planning

35 TP 11 “FDR MEASURES” AND ASSOCIATED NRE OPPORTUNITIES 1) Reduce Flood Volume a) Restore or create wetlands (providing infiltration and evapotranspiration) b) Use cropland BMPs (increase infiltration and evapotranspiration) c) Convert cropland to prairie or other types of perennial grassland (e.g., Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) to increase infiltration and evapotranspiration) d) Convert land use to forest (forested areas generally have the lowest runoff coefficients, due to high interception and evapotranspiration) e) Other beneficial uses of stored runoff. Associated NREs Protect, restore, enhance existing habitats. Improved hydrologic conditions for streams.

36 TP 11 “FDR MEASURES” AND ASSOCIATED NRE OPPORTUNITIES 2) Increase Conveyance Capacity a) Channelization (increasing the flow capacity of existing channels or flowages) b) Drainage (creating new or improved conveyance capacity) c) Diversions (of flood waters around a current damage area) d) Setting back existing levees (to restore floodway capacity) e) Increasing road crossing capacity Associated NREs Potential stream corridor restoration associated with setting back levees Potential water quality benefits for more stable drainage ditches and installation of side inlets

37 TP 11 “FDR MEASURES” AND ASSOCIATED NRE OPPORTUNITIES 3) Increase Temporary Flood Storage a) Impoundments (with or without a normal pool, to detain water in excess of downstream channel capacity) b) Restored or created wetlands (functioning as impoundments) c) Drainage (to lower surface water and groundwater levels, which increases infiltration and temporary storage in the upper soil horizons) d) Culvert sizing (to increase temporary storage by widespread metering of runoff close to its source) e) Setting back existing levees (to restore floodplain storage areas) f) Overtopping levees (to utilize diked floodplain storage capacity when critically needed)

38 TP 11 “FDR MEASURES” AND ASSOCIATED NRE OPPORTUNITIES 4) Protection/Avoidance a) Urban levees b) Farmstead levees c) Agricultural levees d) Evacuation of the floodplain (removing people and flood-prone facilities and converting to more flood-compatible land uses) e) Floodproofing f) Flood warning and emergency response planning Associated NREs Potential stream corridor restoration associated with floodplain evacuation.

39 EARLY, MIDDLE, & LATE WATER (JERRY)

40 EARLY, MIDDLE, LATE WATER CONSIDERATIONS (HANDOUT)

41 ELIMINATION OF STRATEGIES

42 STRATEGIES/ALTERNATIVES FOR CONSIDERATION


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