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Deede, Lowell. 2016 Becker County River Transparency Report. (2016). Based on Citizen Stream Monitoring Volunteer presentation on June 25, 2016 and December 19, 2016.

Lowell Deede began walking Becker County in 2015 and noticed stark differences in the clarity of water depending on the location and time of year. In 2015 he joined the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program to collect transparency data that would help answer his question of why the water clarity was so different. This report outlines the observations by Lowell Deede and gives some insight into some of the issues. These include ditch erosion, ice thaw runoff, and heavy runoff from rainfall. A list of takeaways and media outreach is included at the end of the report.


BWSR September Snapshots 2017 Story. (September 2017). Board of Water and Soil Resources

A 2016 grant from the Board of Soil and Water Resources was used to restore a section of streambank on the Otter Tail River in Wilkin County. 1,200 feet of streambank was protected with woody toes and reshaping the streambank. The trees deflect water away from the bank and a gentler slope reduces the erosion from runoff. This project will keep soil where it is needed, on the field instead of in the stream. 440 tons of sediment, or 6.5% of the needed reductions will be kept out of the river. This project is a collaboration with Wilkin SWCD and Buffalo-Red Watershed District and paid with funds from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Board of Water and Soil Resources.


Becker County Lake Protection Report. (2012). Prepared for the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District, Becker Coalition of Lake Associations, and Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources by RMB Environmental Laboratories, Inc.

This summary compiles all available data for lakes in Becker County to assess their trophic state and overall water quality. Over 20 lakes are included in the summary. Most lakes have an improving or no trend in water quality. Three lakes have declining water quality; Cotton, Eunice, and Middle Cormorant Lakes. It also includes a synopsis of lake impairments, land use impacts, and present AIS. Future monitoring recommendations and a summary for all Becker lakes is outlined. Lakes in good shape with exceptional water quality and well-protected watersheds include Bad Medicine, White Earth, Strawberry, and Big Sugar Bush. Big Cormorant has no declining water quality trend, but some disturbance and development exists in the watershed. The lakes of greatest concern are Eunice and Middle Cormorant Lakes. These lakes have a high level of disturbance in their lakeshed and declining water quality trends. In addition, Cotton Lake has a declining water quality trend, but is not heavily disturbed, so further investigation is recommended to uncover the source of the declining trend. Recommended future project implementation to protect and improve water quality includes shoreline restorations, rain gardens, enforcing setbacks on new construction, continued lake monitoring, wetland restorations, and land retirement (through programs such as CRP).




Neel, Joe K. Impact of Special Phosphorus Removal Procedures in the Upper Pelican River Watershed, Becker County, Minnesota, 1977-80. (June 1981). Pelican River Watershed District.

This study measured phosphorus levels and eutrophication of lakes in the upper Pelican River watershed, especially Lake Sallie. In the first portion of the study, removal of aquatic vegetation led to a reduction in aquatic vegetation growth in later years. The second portion of the study measured the background condition of Lake Sallie while an improved wastewater treatment facility was being constructed. Spray irrigation was the most effective means to remove nutrients from wastewater. Growth of blue-green algae declined during the study in response to wastewater treatment and meteorological conditions.


Lake Monitoring Report. (2017). Prepared for the Cormorant Lakes Watershed District by RMN Environmental Laboratories, Inc.

Eutrophication is a major concern in the Cormorant Lakes subwatershed, so they have been monitoring since 2000. As a result, most of the large lakes in the watershed have sufficient data for trend analysis. Rossman and Big Cormorant Lakes have improving water quality trends, while Bijou, Upper Cormorant, Nelson, and Middle Cormorant have stable water quality trends. Another concern is AIS and proposed vegetation surveys are included in the 2018 Monitoring recommendations. A monitoring schedule and budget is also included to ensure accurate and continuing monitoring.