One Watershed One Plan

What is it?
The purpose of the One Watershed, One Plan program is to develop comprehensive watershed management plans that align local water planning purposes and procedures on watershed boundaries to create a systematic, watershed-wide, science-based approach to watershed management.

COMPREHENSIVE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIREMENTS

According to Minnesota Statutes §103B.801, comprehensive watershed management plans must address: 

  • Surface water and ground water quality protection, restoration, and improvement, including prevention of erosion and soil transport into surface water systems

  • Restoration, protection, and preservation of natural surface water and groundwater storage and retention systems

  • Promotion of groundwater recharge

  • Minimization of public capital expenditures needed to correct flooding and water quality problems

  • Wetland enhancement, restoration, and establishment

  • Identification of priority areas for riparian zone management and buffers

  • Protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat and water recreational facilities

 

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The purpose of the One Watershed, One Plan program is to develop comprehensive watershed management plans that:

  • Align local water planning purposes and procedures under this chapter and chapters 103C and 103D on watershed boundaries to create a systematic, watershed-wide, science-based approach to watershed management;

  • Acknowledge and build off existing local government structure, water plan services, and local capacity;

  • Incorporate and make use of data and information, including watershed restoration and protection strategies under section 114D.26;

  • Solicit input and engage experts from agencies, citizens, and stakeholder groups; focus on implementation of prioritized and targeted actions capable of achieving measurable progress; and

  • Serve as a substitute for a comprehensive plan, local water management plan, or watershed management plan developed or amended, approved, and adopted, according to chapter 103B, 103C or 103D. 

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