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Pine River watershed planning process to kick off

Crow Wing County, Cass County and the Cass and Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation Districts announce plans to develop the Pine River watershed "One Watershed, One Plan" comprehensive water plan, or "1W1P."...

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A watershed is an area of land that drains all the streams and rainfall to a common outlet such as a reservoir, mouth of a bay or a point along a stream channel. The Pine River Watershed is 800 square miles and exists in central Cass and northern Crow Wing counties.

Crow Wing County, Cass County and the Cass and Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation Districts announce plans to develop the Pine River watershed "One Watershed, One Plan" comprehensive water plan, or "1W1P."

As part of planning efforts, a public information kickoff meeting and open house will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, May 7, at the Ideal Township Community Center, 35458 Butternut Point Road, Pequot Lakes.

"Mr. Walleye" Gary Roach, longtime Pine River Watershed resident, fisherman and lifetime guide, will talk about the value and importance of the Pine River Watershed.

Residents within the watershed are invited to attend to learn more about the Pine River Watershed and the 1W1P planning process, to have an opportunity to provide input on priorities and concerns within the watershed, and to ask questions of planning participants.

Crow Wing County's existing comprehensive water plan was approved in 2013 and was the first-of-its-kind watershed-based land protection model for county water planning in Minnesota. "The Pine River One Watershed, One Plan is the next logical step in the evolution of water planning in Minnesota," said Environmental Services Supervisor Jake Frie.

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The 1W1P is a water plan that aligns local water planning on major watershed boundaries with strategies toward prioritized, targeted and measurable implementation plans. 1W1P is rooted in the work initiated by the Local Government Water Roundtable in 2011, which recommended that the local government charged with water management responsibility should organize and develop focused implementation plans on a watershed scale.

That recommendation was followed by the legislation that became One Watershed, One Plan, which Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law in 2015.

A watershed is an area of land that drains all the streams and rainfall to a common outlet such as a reservoir, mouth of a bay or a point along a stream channel. The Pine River Watershed is 800 square miles and exists in central Cass and northern Crow Wing counties.

For more information, visit www.crowwing.us , search "1W1P," or contact the Crow Wing County Land Services Department at 218-824-1010 or landservices@crowwing.us .

Related Topics: CASS COUNTYCROW WING SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
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