What is a Watershed District?

A watershed district is a special purpose unit of local government in charge of managing water resources within designated boundaries. Watershed districts work to protect and improve water quality in lakes, rivers, wetlands, and streams within their jurisdiction, and to protect residents and property against flooding.

Minnesota was one of the first states to establish watershed districts as legal entities through the Minnesota Watershed Act of 1955. Minnesota has 46 watershed districts, including 13 in the metro area, working to protect our lakes, streams, wetlands and natural habitat. For more information about other MN watershed districts, visit the MN Association of Watershed Districts.

Below is a map of the watershed districts in the Twin-Cities Metro region.

Watershed Districts - Metro 2

pdf of Watershed Districts – Metro