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 Fall 2018. Our new 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. To be completed in early Fall 2019, the grounds will also include a watershed learning center, a pocket park and interactive features designed to draw in neighbors and visitors.

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Program Review Assistance Program

Since 2008, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has assessed the performance of CRWD and other government agencies that are responsible for water and related land resource conservation. The goal is to assist local government partners implement and assess best practices for Minnesota’s land and water management.

BWSR conducted watershed-based reviews to assess collaboration among local government units operating in the same watershed. The review includes watershed-based performance standards, a survey of lead staff and board members to assess awareness of issues in the watershed, as well as individual local government issues and needs.

Watershed Management & Diversity Plans