Enhanced SWCD Construction Inspection
Lake Superior Watershed,
Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources
Basin Program Funds:
This project trained SWCD staff how to inspect construction projects in progress.
Minnesota is currently placing a high priority on the technical training of
local government staff, especially Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
technicians. There are seven SWCDs functioning in the Minnesota Lake Superior
Watershed. Also, the Lake Superior Association of Soil and Water Conservation
Districts (LSA) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) currently
have a backlog of approximately 50 projects on the north shore of Lake Superior.
This project completed two high priority erosion control projects on the shore
using SWCD technicians during portions of the construction inspection. By doing
this, the project provided job training to SWCD personnel and other local government
technical staff, while at the same time completing the two stabilization projects.
Two high priority rip-rap revetement projects (Moland and Sanden) were built
using this grant, totaling approximately 269 feet of Lake Superior shoreline.
The project topographies were surveyed with SWCD technicians on site as the
first part of their preconstruction inspection training. In addition, final
design plans and specifications, contract bid packages, permit applications
and construction observations were also completed providing additional SWCD
training. From the start, district technicians were involved in the project
work, to increase understanding of construction inspection guidelines.
The Construction Inspection Guidelines for Rip-rap Revetments training
manuals were also developed and distributed to appropriate SWCD technicians
and SRF state engineers. A training session was also held as part of a Natural
Resources Conservation Service TR-2 workshop on Lakeshore Protection Training
and had over 41 attendees.
The completed projects will save an estimated 181 tons of soil per year. An
additional 68 tons per year will be saved from the Fuller project which served
as the project for state match and additional training. This brings the total
to approximately 249 tons of soil per year. All three projects will improve
fish habitat and overall lake quality by reducing direct sedimentation
into Lake Superior.
Contact: Gene R. Clark, (218) 723-4752