Watershed Planning

Watershed Management Plan
The Capitol Region Watershed District adopted its new Watershed Management Plan (WMP) on September 1, 2010. The WMP adoption culminated a two-year planning process that included significant input from the District’s advisory groups that greatly improved the WMP. During 2009 and 2010, the District convened several meetings to review informal drafts of the various sections of the WMP.

The adopted WMP can be found below. If you would like a paper copy of the plan please contact the District.
Appendix A Land and Water Inventory
Appendix B Public Involvement Process
Appendix C Issues Matrix
Appendix D Historic Waters
Appendix E Education Plan
Appendix F Wetland Management Strategy
Appendix G TBI CIP Report
Appendix H Stream Corridor Restoration
Appendix I Stormwater Impact Fund Plan
Appendix J Program Evaluation

Where are we going as an organization, how will we get there, and how do we know if we’ve been successful? These are questions that are addressed in CRWD’s 2010 Watershed Plan.

Traditionally, stormwater was viewed as a problem to be removed from the landscape as quickly as possible. Now, it is recognized that all water is our resource, even stormwater. It is with this in mind, that CRWD hopes to “Bring Water Back” to St. Paul by crafting a vision for the watershed that includes the best of innovation and collaboration to treat stormwater as our resource instead of a waste product.

CRWD’s first watershed plan was adopted in 2000 to identify goals, policies, and action plans for fulfilling CRWD’s mission, “to protect, manage, and improve the water resources of the Capitol Region Watershed District.” Now the District embarks on its second decade of work under a new Plan that will continue the long-term work of protecting and improving our waters. Our 2010-20 Watershed Plan:

Recognizes the challenges of water quality improvement in a highly urbanized watershed and recommends and prioritizes unique and creative approaches to watershed management
Recommends and prioritizes water quality and quantity improvement projects, based on CRWD modeling and monitoring results
Recommends and prioritizes District programs for improved watershed awareness
More effectively defines the respective roles and responsibilities between CRWD and the local units of government, other agencies, and other organizations
Addresses emerging challenges posed by federal Clean Water Act requirements for impaired waters (those with quality too poor for their designated uses)

Additionally, using the CRWD Watershed Plan, District municipalities and organizations can receive assistance in determining how they can accomplish their own community water management goals and what level of involvement CRWD can have in achieving those goals.

Subwatershed Management Plans

Capitol Region Watershed District consists of 16 smaller subwatersheds. In order to identify and prioritize water quality projects, several subwatershed analysis studies have been completed. In 2003, the Como 7 Subwatershed Analysis report was completed. This study was a collaborative effort between CRWD; the cities of Falcon Heights, Roseville, and St. Paul; and Ramsey County. The study identified solutions to flooding and water quality issues within in the neighborhood near Como Lake. The BMPs installed as part of the Arlington Pascal Stormwater Improvement project were identified in the Como 7 Subwatershed Analysis Report.

Two additional subwatershed analysis studies, the Lake McCarrons Subwatershed 4 and Como Lake Subwatershed 3, are currently being completed by CRWD. These studies will identify potential locations for BMPs within the drainage areas to each lake that will reduce pollutant loading. These projects will be coordinated with development, redevelopment, and street reconstruction projects to maximize treatment potential and minimize cost.

Lake Management Planning
CRWD has developed management plans for three of its four lakes: Como, McCarrons, and Loeb. Each management plan outlines the lake’s issues of concern, the management goals and objectives for addressing the issues, and the recommended projects and efforts to meet the management goals. Click on a link below to read a management plan.
Como Lake
Como Lake TMDL, 02-22-2010 Draft
Lake McCarrons
Loeb Lake
Crosby Lake Management Plan