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Local Government Units and Partner Agencies

Overview of water management duties, related statutes, guidance documents, directories, and more info for LGUs:

Guidance Documents

Local Contacts
WMO Directory PDF file - requires Adobe Reader
Chapter 103B.201
WMO Map PDF file - requires Adobe Reader

Overview of Duties

WDs and WMOS have many similarities, including the requirement to conduct their activities according to an approved watershed management plan. In addition to plan requirements in statute, metro area watershed districts and watershed management organizations must also abide by Minnesota Rules Chapter 8410, which spells out detailed plan requirements. Watershed management organizations differ from watershed districts in a number of ways:


In 1982, the Minnesota Legislature approved the Metropolitan Area Surface Water Management Act (Minnesota Statutes 103B.201 to 255), which requires local units of government in the seven-county Metro Area to prepare and implement comprehensive surface water management plans through membership in a WMO. WMOs are based on watershed boundaries, and can be organized in three ways:

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