The Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) is an eight county non-regulatory joint powers organization which was established in 1983.  RCRCA works to enhance and protect the Redwood and Cottonwood Rivers by making land use changes that improve water quality.

Its purpose is to develop and implement plans for the Redwood and Cottonwood watersheds to:   

  • protect property, streams and lakes from sedimentation and pollution;
  • maintain and improve the quality of water in streams, lakes and ground water;
  • protect property from flood damages;
  • control erosion of land; and
  • improve recreational and wildlife opportunities.

These points are summarized in our mission statement: RCRCA, in cooperation with partner groups and landowners, works to improve water quality, reduce erosion, and enhance recreational opportunities by providing education, outreach, monitoring and technical assistance within the watershed boundaries.

Members include the counties and soil and water conservation districts of Brown, Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, and Yellow Medicine.  It is governed by a sixteen member Board of Director's that meet monthly.

RCRCA is a recognized leader in watershed management, working with local, state and federal agencies, as well as private foundations to distribute information, and to finance and carry out programs of benefit to the two watersheds.

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Click on watershed name to see its map. 






Thank you for visiting the Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area website! We hope you enjoy browsing our website and that you find alot of useful information. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience in order to help you improve the water quality in your area. 


Upcoming Meetings:

Joint RCRCA/Area II Meeting 9:00 a.m.

October 7, 2016 (Friday) - Redwood Falls, MN

November 12, 2016 (Saturday) - Annual Legislative Gathering, Wabasso Community Center, Wabasso, MN - Board of Director's Meeting at 8:30 am

December 9, 2016 (1 pm) - Marshall, MN 56258 - Executive Board Meeting is planned

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Meeting Locations:

Lyon Street Service Center, 1400 E. Lyon Street, Marshall, MN 56258

Redwood Government Center, 501 S. Mill Street, Redwood Falls, MN 56283

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Canoe Trips are normally planned for the third week in June.

Check out our Annual Canoe Trip page!  It is a lot of fun!

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

1424 E. College Drive, Suite 300

Marshall, MN 56258

Phone: 507-532-1325

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Power Point Presentations

2015 Legislative Gathering

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DNR Buffer Mapping Information

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CSCAP Webinar Information

Media Release

Recorded Presentation

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