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Lake Conservation Webinar Series: Stearns County SWCD Shoreline/Streambank Restoration Program Process
The Stearns County SWCD has implemented a series of standards to ensure success for shoreline stabilization projects. This includes guidelines for site selection, design considerations, funding, board approval, long term operation and maintenance, monitoring and protection. Learn how sites are selected based on considerations of current stabilization conditions, protection, habitat connections, water quality benefits and landowner motivation. The SWCD also uses a policy for all shoreline projects that requires a native buffer is in existence or planted as part of an approved Stearns County SWCD plan. Funding for projects will be explained from a variety of state, federal and private sources. Each project has an Operation and Maintenance Plan that is developed by the SWCD and signed by the landowner as well as the SWCD project technician. The presentation will outline various conservation practice(s) installed and list of items that landowners check on as well as maintain. In documenting accomplishments, the SWCD uses various pollution reduction calculators to determine the water quality benefits of each project. For long term protection of these projects, the Stearns County SWCD has developed a process to record a perpetual Shoreline Deed Restriction on the property that includes the following: as-built plans, full legal description, operation and maintenance plan, planting plan and cost share contract.

Mar 2, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Greg Berg
Riparian Resources Specialist @Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District
Greg Berg is Riparian Resources Specialist with the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District in Waite Park, MN. He has been with the district for over 20 years. Responsibilities with the SWCD include: erosion control projects focusing on bio-engineering, wetland restorations, stormwater projects, lake management planning, shoreline and streambank restorations. Using native plant materials and natural erosion control techniques with landowners and agencies has been a focus for him. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Prior to employment with the SWCD, Greg worked for Stearns County Environmental Services and the MN DNR – Division of Waters giving him a well-rounded background.