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Water Planning Assistance


Local Water Management Plans


In the State of Minnesota, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has oversight to ensure that local water management plans are prepared and coordinated with existing local and state efforts and that plans are implemented effectively. County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plans, watershed district management plans, and watershed management organization plans are critical tools for addressing water resource concerns in Minnesota. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is participating in the BWSR One Water One Plan Initiative at the local level with other state agency partners to provide guidance on state water quality priorities.

The MDA works with local partners to provide current planning guidance and technical references to support the planning process. The MDA has a role in protecting water quality as it relates to agricultural pesticides and fertilizers. The MDA can provide technical information, financial assistance to implement specific programs, and education and outreach assistance.

COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL WATER MANAGEMENT PLANS
At the beginning of the Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan update process, State Agencies, including the MDA are invited to provide input in the form of Priority Concerns to the County. The MDA priority concerns are discussed within this website. The MDA may also comment during plan revisions, amendments and rewrites.

WATERSHED DISTRICT MANAGEMENT PLANS
The information outlined in this website is available for watershed districts to review when updating 10 year comprehensive watershed management plans. The guidance that has been developed may be applicable when these plans are being reviewed, amended, updated or re-written. The MDA is typically involved in reviewing those plans in the Red River Basin and the twin cities metro area.

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION PLANS
The information outlined in this website is available for watershed management organizations when updating comprehensive watershed management plans. The guidance that has been developed may be applicable when these plans are being reviewed, amended, updated or re-written.

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MDA Contact

Robert Sip
Environmental Policy Specialist
320-223-6531
Rob.Sip@state.mn.us