The Cottonwood-Middle Minnesota Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan began in April 2023 with planning grant funds awarded by BWSR, through the One Watershed One Plan program, in late August of 2022. Grant Administration/Coordination and Fiscal Management is being provided by the Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area.
The counties of Brown, Cottonwood, Lyon, Murray and Redwood, their respective SWCDS, Area II MN River Basin Projects, RCRCA and the City of Springfield comprise the 13 members of this Memorandum of Agreement (link). Blue Earth County and SWCD, and Yellow Medicine County and SWCD have opted out of the planning due to having <5% of their counties within the watershed boundary. The Policy Committee (see below) meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM at the Springfield Area Community Center. Information pertaining to the Policy Committee can be found below.
As the effort evolves, we will be establishing Advisory Committees: technical and citizen. If you would like to serve on either committee, please contact Kerry Netzke at 507-532-1325.
Information is available below for the Policy Committee, its membership, minutes and other pertinent information regarding the Cottonwood-Middle Minnesota One Watershed, One Plan.
The Policy Committee is comprised of 13 members; one appointed member for each partnering entity. The committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM at the Springfield Area Community Center.
3rd Wednesday of the month - 2:00 PM at Springfield Area Community Center.
Houston Engineering, Inc. was selected to provide consultant services to draft the Plan document and guide the partners through the process to prioritize subwatersheds and target best management practices and activities that will provide measurable results. The anticipated timeline for planning can be found here, with Plan approval by BWSR tentatively slated for February 2025 and local adoption by the members by June 2025.
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For more information on their 1W1P services use this click this link.
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