NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Managers of the Sauk River Watershed District pursuant to Minnesota Statue 103D.605 will hold a hearing October 19th, 2021, at 6:15 p.m. at the Sauk River Watershed District office located at 642 Lincoln Road in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. The purpose of the hearing is to consider and take comments on the 2021 Outdoor Heritage Fund “Sauk River Watershed Habitat Protection and Restoration Phase 3” Lessard Sam’s Outdoor Heritage Fund Grant Project, project #357.

This project proposes to acquire lands in fee and permanent conservation easements and restore and enhance wildlife habitat in the Sauk River Watershed. This project will permanently protect 660 acres of high priority, critical habitat and will restore/enhance approximately 224 acres of wetlands and accompanying upland habitat. Properties selected will be strategically targeted using an innovative site prioritization model that maximizes conservation benefit and financial leverage. The total estimated cost of the project is $4,034,000 to be paid from a grant from the State of Minnesota under the Lessard Sam’s Outdoor Heritage Fund; with $1,034,000 to the Sauk River Watershed District, $1,618,000 to Pheasants Forever and $1,382,000 to the Minnesota Land Trust. These funds are provided by the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment. Additional funds, including in-kind contributions may come from, in addition to the organizations above, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, the State’s Clean Water Fund program, the State’s Clean Water Partnership program or other sources.

For further information contact the Watershed District Office at (320) 352-2231. 

Bill Becker, President

Oct. 4, 11