Planning

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is committed to protecting, managing and improving water resources and habitat within our watershed. Planning is an integral part of our work and informs all of our projects and programs.

Like other watershed management organizations, the MWMO has a comprehensive watershed management plan that has been developed to guide our staff and commissioners in the implementation of watershed goals. The plan sets out goals, strategies, and implementation actions based on past studies and current data on the status of the water and natural resources of our watershed.

In addition to the comprehensive plan, MWMO staff work on planning initiatives for any number of large-scale or strategically important projects to protect water quality and habitat. These planning initiatives start two to three years ahead of construction, and usually involve close collaboration with our member cities and other partners.

The MWMO proactively seeks out future opportunities for stormwater treatment that fits with the desired land use of the redevelopment occurring. These efforts result in designs that serve multiple purposes and maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of our work to reduce flooding and improve water quality and habitat.

Planning Initiatives

Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative

The MWMO is collaborating with the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and other partners on a project to mitigate flooding, prevent polluted runoff and improve the ecology in Northeast Minneapolis. Using detailed computer models, the partners have prioritized a number of potential projects to mitigate stormwater problems in the area.

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Watershed Management Plan

The MWMO’s comprehensive watershed management plan sets out goals, strategies and implementation actions based on past studies and current data on the watershed. It informs local watershed management plans (for communities within the MWMO watershed) and is updated every 10 years in accordance with state law.

The MWMO’s watershed management plan is used in several ways:

  • MWMO staff and commissioners use the plan to guide watershed management decisions and to assist in the development of annual staff work plans.
  • Member organizations (i.e. local governments) use the plan to develop local surface water management plans, and to assist in scheduling and coordinating capital improvements and programs.
  • Residents, businesses and other organizations within the watershed can use the plan to learn more about water and habitat within the watershed, and to be aware of the projects, activity areas and operations of the MWMO.

Current Plan Documents*

Plan - Text (PDF, 6.5 MB, 207 pages)
Plan - Appendix (PDF, 22.2 MB, 542 pages)

*Last modified Nov. 15, 2016

Contact

Dan Kalmon
Planning Principal
612-236-3089 or dkalmon@mwmo.org