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Board of Water and Soil Resources

The Minnesota BWSR is the state’s administrative agency for 91 soil and water conservation districts, 46 watershed districts, 23 metro-watershed management organizations, and 80 county water managers. The agency’s purpose, working through local government, is to protect and enhance the state’s soil and water resources by implementing the policy, comprehensive local water management, and the Wetland Conservation Act as it relates to the 41.7 million acres of private land in Minnesota.

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Hawk Creek – Middle Minnesota Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

The Hawk Creek Middle Minnesota Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan represents over two years of collaborative work between Chippewa, Kandiyohi, and Renville counties, along with each county’s respective Soil and Water Conservation District. The planning area encompasses five counties (Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Nicollet, Renville, and Sibley) and is nearly 1,262 square miles. With approval of the plan by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, local government units that adopt the plan will meet minimum eligibility requirements for state funds for the implementation of projects and programs needed to achieve the restoration and protection goals included in the plan.

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Chippewa River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

The Chippewa River Watershed is home to more than 42,000 people and is one of the largest watershed planning areas in the state. Its northern boundary begins with the headwaters of the Chippewa River, which flows south through several lakes, then joins the Minnesota River in Montevideo. This planning process and resulting plan brought together residents, local partners, state agencies, and local governments to develop a prioritized, targeted, and measurable plan to improve watershed resources.