What is the Capitol Region Watershed District?

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Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) originated from a small group of dedicated citizens who wanted to protect Como Lake. They petitioned the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to create a watershed district, and in 1998 CRWD was formed. To view a copy of the original citizen petition, click here. The BWSR order establishing CRWD can be viewed here. CRWD is a special purpose local unit of government created to manage and protect part of the Mississippi River Basin, along with the District’s wetlands, creeks and lakes that drain to the river.

CRWD covers 40 square miles and includes portions of the cities of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Roseville and Saint Paul. For a map of CRWD, click here. Located within Ramsey County, CRWD has a population of 225,000 people. CRWD drains to the Mississippi River, its primary water resource. CRWD lakes include Como Lake, Crosby Lake, and Loeb Lake in Saint Paul and Lake McCarrons in Roseville.

CRWD is governed by a five-member Board of Managers that guides CRWD in the implementation of its Watershed Management Plan adopted in 2010. The work of CRWD is carried out by fifteen staff and 2-3 seasonal interns.

The water resources located in CRWD all eventually discharge to the Mississippi River. The four major lakes in CRWD are Como Lake, Crosby Lake and Loeb Lake in Saint Paul and Lake McCarrons in Roseville. All four lakes serve important recreation needs for residents and visitors including fishing, boating and swimming.

Groundwater below the surface of the District provides non-drinking water for businesses and institutions in Ramsey County. Few natural wetlands in the District remain because they were removed or altered during urbanization and development over the past century. Woodview Marsh located off Larpenteur Avenue in Roseville, Willow Reseve located off Maryland Avenue in Saint Paul and Villa Park wetland located northwest of Lake McCarrons in Roseville are the largest tracts of wetlands remaining in the District.

What does CRWD do? 

Mission: To protect, manage and improve the water resources of Capitol Region Watershed District. 

CRWD accomplishes its mission through the following programs.