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One Watershed, One Plan


Minnesota has a long history of water management by local government. One Watershed, One Plan is rooted in this history and in work initiated by the Local Government Water Roundtable (Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts, and Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts) in 2011 which recommended that the local governments charged with water management responsibility should organize and develop focused implementation plans on watershed boundaries. The recommendation was followed by legislation that permits BWSR to adopt methods to allow comprehensive plans, local water management plans, or watershed management plans to serve as substitutes for one another; or to be replaced with one comprehensive watershed management plan. This legislation, and the associated BWSR program, is referred to as One Watershed, One Plan. Further Legislation was passed in 2015, defining purposes and outlining additional structure for the program.

BWSR’s vision for One Watershed, One Plan is to align local water planning on major watershed boundaries with state strategies towards prioritized, targeted and measurable implementation plans – the next logical step in the evolution of water planning in Minnesota.

One Watershed, One Plan Fact Sheet (June 2018)

Map of participating Watersheds

Program Policy

Local Government Water Roundtable Policy Papers

News Releases

Participating Watersheds - Map

One Watershed, One Plan Planning Grant Recipients

Pilot Program Watersheds

Lessons Learned from Pilot Watersheds (May 2016)

Information and Resources

Developing your Plan - Procedures

Developing your Plan - Contents

Templates for Local Government

Working with State Agencies

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

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