The small, rock-lined pond surrounded by blooming native plants in front of Capitol Region Watershed District's office building.

About CRWD

Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) is dedicated to protecting, managing and improving the water resources of the District, which includes parts of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Roseville and Saint Paul, Minnesota. All of the District’s lakes, including Como Lake, Crosby and Little Crosby Lakes, Loeb Lake and Lake McCarrons, eventually flow into the Mississippi River.

CRWD works across geographic and political boundaries to protect the health of the District’s wetlands, lakes, streams and river. Through research, planning and action, CRWD helps solve and prevent water-related problems within the 40 square-mile District.

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Our Work

CRWD accomplishes its mission through the following programs.

  • Watershed rules and permitting
  • Stormwater, lake, river and Best Management Practice (BMP) monitoring
  • Water resource improvement projects
  • Education and outreach programs
  • Providing technical assistance and funding through our grant programs


Capitol Region Watershed District began with a small group of dedicated citizens who sought protection for Como Lake. They petitioned the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to create a watershed district, and the application was granted in 1998.


First Capital Project: Como Lake Sediment Removal, Como Lake Strategic Management Plan


Watershed Management Plan adopted

CRWD moved to the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul in 2018. Our offices at 595 Aldine Street use green building principles, including stormwater management and energy-saving practices, to conserve natural resources and create a healthy workplace. The grounds include a watershed learning center, a pocket park, and interactive features designed to draw in neighbors and visitors.

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