Capitol Region Watershed District (District) has completed its 2021 – 2030 Watershed Management Plan (Plan). The Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) approved CRWD’s Watershed Management Plan in October 2020. CRWD’s Board of Managers adopted the Plan in November 2020.
The plan will guide District actions in a coordinated, thoughtful, and effective manner over the period from 2021-2030. This Plan was developed over the past year and half in collaboration with District partners and community members who serve key roles in achieving District goals. Community engagement activities and findings are summarized in a two-page summary document.
Highlights of the Plan
This Plan carries forward many of the issues, goals, and themes included in the District’s 2010 Watershed Management Plan as well as offers new themes, programs and activities. It builds on a strong foundation of programs, projects, and partnerships to address the most immediate water resource management needs and increase the effectiveness of its efforts in the face of new and evolving challenges. The draft Plan is available using the links below. Overview summary:
Themes – During Plan development, stakeholders identified several recurring topics that affect a wide range of District operations, programs, and projects. These topics are included in this Plan as themes because it is anticipated that they will be considered and pervade every aspect of District work over the next 10 years.
Land and Water Resource Inventory– The Plan summarizes all land and water resources and their current conditions within the District to inform decisions about infrastructure, development, and resource management.
Priority Issues – Issues presented in the Plan include an evolution of existing issues and new issues and reflect the unique challenges applicable to diverse, highly urban watershed. Issues were identified by stakeholder engagement and staff feedback and prioritized by the Board of Managers.
Goals – The Plan establishes multiple measurable goals to address the issues. Many of the District’s goals address multiple issues, reinforcing the interconnection of water, natural resource, and land use management.
Implementation Plan – The District implementation plan includes the continuation of ongoing programs and activities as well as new activities to address emerging issues, new opportunities and changing priorities.
Cost – Estimated costs, year(s) of implementation, partners, priority level, and measurable outputs of each activity are presented in a table.View the 2021-2030 Watershed Management Plan - Main Body