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Roseau River Restoration

Beltrami Area Project

Description/Location:

The Roseau River is within the Red River Basin in northwestern Minnesota and southeastern Manitoba encompassing a drainage area of about 2,057 square miles. The proposed restoration reach lies largely within the DNR Wildlife Management Area in Roseau County, MN. This reach of the river was channelized by the construction of State Ditch 51 which reduced the length of the river, increased its slope and caused the river to be disconnected from its floodplain. Historic oxbows remain intact, harbor diverse fish communities and provide habitat for spawning and foraging when accessible during periods of high water. The restoration project will rehabilitate and reconnect the historic river channel and reestablish the natural channel profile and floodplain allowing a sustainable channel to meander over time as well as reconnect critical fish habitat to the main channel.

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PROJECT STATUS MAY 2019
Planning:

• Project Team is being established
• Project vision and goals are being discussed
• Discussions regarding when survey work can start and how it will be funded

Permitting:

• Permits that may be required include
o DNR Permit
o USACE
o WCA
o EAW

103E Minnesota Drainage Funding:

• Apply for LSOHC Outdoor Heritage Fund in 2019
• Other funding options include: CWF, Red River WMB, Polaris, DNR FWS, BWSR and RRWD

ESTIMATED Cost:

Estimated Cost = $7.2 M
Funding: Federal – $TBD;
State – $TBD;
LSOHC $7.2M;
Local - RRWMB – $TBD;
RRWD – $TBD;

Project Schedule:

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