Watershed Management Plan Update

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) is updating its Watershed Management Plan. This plan, which is updated every 10 years in accordance with state law, guides all of our work at the MWMO. It summarizes the environment in which we do our work. It lays out our focus areas, goals, and strategies which guide our work to protect and improve water quality and habitat in the watershed. It also guides local water management planning for communities within the MWMO watershed.

The MWMO will be working to update the plan over a two-year period (see timeline below), following the process outlined in these laws: Minnesota Statutes 103B and Minnesota Rules 8410. During this process, the MWMO seeks input from various stakeholders, including the public, state agencies and local governments, about local stormwater-related issues, water management goals, regulations and programs.

This plan update, which will be completed by May 2021, will be the fourth official Watershed Management Plan published and/or adopted by the MWMO since the organization was formed in 1985. (You can read more about our history on our About the MWMO page.)

Draft 2021 -2031 Watershed Management Plan Now Available for Review

*Updated October 16, 2020

The MWMO has completed the initial draft of its 2021-2031 Watershed Management Plan, which is now available for public review and comment through December 17, 2020. Links to the draft plan and appendices can be found below, along with instructions on how to submit comments.

Draft Plan:

2021-2031 Watershed Management Plan (Draft) (PDF, 6 MB, 223 pages )

Appendices:

Appendices A – I Combined (PDF, 6 MB, 202 pages)

Appendix A MWMO Joint and Cooperative Agreement, Legal Description and Bylaws (PDF, 3 MB, 59 pages)
Appendix B MWMO Standards (PDF, 0.1 MB, 6 pages)
Appendix C Water Resource-Related Activities of Member Organizations (PDF, 0.7 MB, 75 pages)
Appendix D Soil Series Descriptions (PDF, 0.2 MB, 11 pages)
Appendix E Rare Species Index and Blanding’s Turtle Information (PDF, 0.5 MB, 12 pages)
Appendix F Joint and Cooperative Agreement regarding Bassett Creek Tunnels (PDF, 1 MB, 18 pages)
Appendix G Public Comments and Issues Identification (PDF, 0.3 MB, 16 pages)
Appendix H Statuary Reviewer Comments and Responses (PDF, 0.1 MB, 1 page)
Appendix I Design Sequence Flow Chart (PDF, 0.1 MB, 2 pages)


How to Submit Comments on the Draft Plan

The MWMO welcomes public input on the draft plan during the 60-day comment period that ends December 14, 2020.

Online (via SurveyMonkey:

For your convenience, you may use the link below to submit your comments online via SurveyMonkey.

Submit Your Comments Online

If you would prefer to submit comments or feedback via mail or email:

Via Mail:

Att: Public Comments 10-Year Plan Update
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
2522 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418-3329

Via Email:

contacts@mwmo.org (Suggested subject line: “Public Comments on 10-Year Plan Update”)

Public comments will be reviewed and analyzed by MWMO staff after the 60-day comment period. Each comment will be categorized by key issues and areas of work that relate to MWMO’s mission and initiatives, and incorporated as appropriate into plan revisions.

There will be an additional opportunity for public input at a public hearing the date will be set following the end of the 60 Day review period. Sign up for our email list to be notified of the public hearing and other events and news related to the Watershed Management Plan update.


Timeline

An approximate timeline for updating the MWMO’s Watershed Management Plan can be found below. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of the steps in this process.

July 2019

  • Public Input Survey opened for responses.
  • 60-Day Notification to Review Agencies

November 2019

November 2019 – July 2020

  • MWMO Citizen Advisory Committee meetings held to guide plan update.
  • MWMO, contractor begins compiling and writing draft plan.
  • Joint Cooperative Agreement reviewed by members and, if needed, updated.

October 2020 – December 2020

  • Draft plan released; 60-day review period begins.
  • Optional individual meetings with statutory reviewers.
  • General public review and comment on the draft plan.

January 2021

  • Public hearing on the draft plan.
  • 90-day review period for state agencies.

April 2021

  • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources approves plan.

May 2021

  • MWMO Board of Commissioners approves final plan

Staff Contact

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