On April 2nd, 2013, Derrick Passe gave a presentation at the Tuesday Group meeting in Ely on the status of the Kawishiwi Watershed Protection Project. A link to this presentation can be found at the bottom of this page.
The purpose of Phase 1 of the Kawishiwi Watershed Protection Project is to collect the data necessary for the development of a comprehensive watershed management plan to maintain or improve water quality for the Kawishiwi Watershed, including the White Iron Chain of Lakes. Below is a brief outline of project objectives and the expected outcomes for each objective.

 The funding for the first phase of the project is anticipated to come from three sources:

  1. A grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) under the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment (CWLLA);
  2. A grant from the MPCA Clean Water Partnership (CWP) program;
  3. Matching funds for the CWP grant from in-kind efforts by volunteers and other persons, cash contributions, and supplemental grants.

There is a mix of how each objective is funded, as noted by the super-script numbers.


Expected Outcomes

Appoint Project Coordinator  1

On-going professional management and support of the entire project; coordination of volunteer activities

Continue and expand water monitoring programs 2

Comprehensive overview of water quality in developed and undeveloped areas, identification of additional areas for monitoring and training of additional volunteers in correct methodology for water monitoring

Integrate and coordinate water monitoring activities 2

More accessible and efficient source of data collected by all agencies, research institutions and organizations for planning and implementation

Survey for beneficial uses 1

Comparative analysis of Watershed waters to state water quality standards for drinking, fishing and swimming, boating and aesthetics, as well as for industrial and agricultural use

Investigate the paleolimnology of selected lakes 3

Information and data analysis to consider possible direction and future trajectory of the inferred environmental trends and to determine remediation needs based upon the historical record of stressors in the watershed

Inventory of  subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS)3

Determination of the number of existing systems, operating status, replacement needs and sensitive areas where onsite wastewater treatment is inappropriate

Comprehensive study of individual SSTS in the Watershed 1

Effects of SSTS—cumulative and acute—on surface water resources to determine best management practices

Determine vulnerability of the Watershed to aquatic invasive species 2

Identification of any waters vulnerable to AIS and education of the public about prevention of aquatic invasive species

Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis 3

Determination of sensitive areas, areas in need of restoration, land use, and areas suitable for development within the watershed.

Conduct public outreach and education 2

Inform public and partners about critical issues and project research through educational events, media and other outreach methods

Develop Implementation Plan 2

Implementation plan to be based upon research conducted in
Phase 1
  • 1 Objective to be fully funded by the CWLLA grant
  • 2 Objective to be partially funded by the CWLLA grant and partially by the CWP grant and matching funds
  • 3 Objective to be fully funded by the CWP grant and matching funds