2020 MAWD Virtual Conference

The MAWD (Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts) Conference's purpose is to strengthen the management, protection, and restoration of the water resources located within our watershed jurisdictions. Managers, staff, researchers, experts, and consultants from all different areas (data collection, permitting, construction, engineering, education and outreach, administration, etc.) are invited to share their knowledge and findings. This year's virtual conference takes place on December 1-4, 2020. MAWD invited three speakers from Moore to present at the conference including Chad Engels, Tara Ostendorf and James Guler. Learn more about MAWD here.


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Moore Engineering MAWD Presentations

Complex Project Development – A Case Study:  Chad Engels, PE (Bois de Sioux WD)

Watershed project development can often be complex in nature and even more so if the project potentially involves multiple statutory elements.  Consider the example of the Lake Traverse Water Quality Improvement Project which includes elements of Minnesota Chapters 103D (Watershed District), 103E (Drainage), and 103G (Waters of State).  Add into the equation federal 404 permitting requirements, the need for multiple funding sources and landowner cooperation and the number of moving parts becomes substantial.  This presentation will tell the story of a channel stabilization project developed by the Bois de Sioux Watershed District for the purpose of reducing sediment transport to Lake Traverse, improving fisheries habitat, and protecting adjacent landowners.

About Chad

Chad Engels is a Senior Project Manager with Moore Engineering, Inc. He is a registered Professional Engineer with 20 years of environmental and water resources engineering experience in both Minnesota and North Dakota. Chad has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University. Chad has been integral in the development of several key flood risk reduction projects and initiatives in the Red River Basin over the past decade and is a 2014 recipient of the Red River Joint Water Resource District Steamboat Award for his distinguished service to the region. Currently, Chad serves as the engineer for the Southeast Cass Water Resource District and Bois de Sioux Watershed District.



One Watershed One Plan – Getting to Yes: Tara Ostendorf (Middle Fork Crow River WD)

Completing the 1W1P planning process is only the beginning for the watershed districts, SWCDs, and Counties that have formed a planning partnership. Implementation is where the plan turns into real projects with subsequent progress toward addressing water quality in the watershed. This presentation will focus on the transition from planning to implementation of the 1W1P process. It will explore how to create and foster successful partnerships, why annual prioritization and work plan development are so important, and the benefits of effective tracking and reporting. Ultimately, this presentation will provide you with lessons learned and ideas for getting to Yes, meaning successful approval of your work plan, funding, and projects in your watershed.

About Tara

Tara has over 10+ years working with local governments and private landowners to promote conservation and water quality. Her experience is built on years of working at the local government level to achieve resource solutions. Tara has years of experience working directly with landowners to find solutions to their land management issues, as well as helping them to achieve their conservation goals.
With her previous employment experience with central MN watershed districts and with the Board of Water & Soil Resources, she has valuable insight on how to work through regulatory processes, understand funding mechanisms and utilize government partnerships for project success.



Future Hydrology Planning to Achieve Watershed Goals: James Guler, PE (Bois de Sioux WD)

The Redpath Project is an off channel impoundment with stream corridor re-establishment that will provide flood storage, 5 miles of stream habitat, and water quality benefits. Project design required careful consideration of dam safety and future hydrology. Learn how the County and Watershed District staff worked together through an extensive master planning and alternatives evaluation process to determine desired future upstream conditions and flows. This presentation will provide lessons learned from the planning process that considered many hydrology variables in a subwatershed, including culvert and bridge sizing, agricultural levees, road raises, and future legal ditches, as well as relief for the impoundment from unknown variables. This presentation will illustrate the many variables in project design and the methods used to plan for future hydrology to achieve project goals.

About Jim

James Guler, PE, is a registered professional engineer in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Michigan. He has been employed with Moore Engineering since 2015 and was recently named Practice Leader for their Water Resources Group. Working with his colleagues and fellow practice leaders, he assists in setting Moore Engineering’s company standards.
Guler earned his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from North Dakota State University and a master’s of engineering in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental and Water Resources from Norwich University. He is proficient in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling as well as CAD and GIS. Guler has extensive experience related to the design and development of watershed improvement projects and the repair and improvement of legal ditch systems. He is a member of the FM Engineers Club and the Association of Dam Safety Officials.



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