The District’s Water Management Plan will guide our work for the next 10 years.

WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE (2017-2027 PLAN)

The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (District/NMCWD) Management Plan (Plan) sets the vision, guidelines, and proposed tasks for managing surface water within the boundaries of the NMCWD. The Plan is prepared in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 103D and 103B.231, and Minnesota Rules 8410.

The District is nearing the end of a year-and-a half planning process to update its 10-year Plan. This planning process included input from the District’s Technical and Citizen Advisory Committees as well as watershed residents. The updated fifth generation Plan will set the District’s goals and priorities that will define our programs and capital projects to protect and enhance our water resources over the next 10-years (2017-2027).  Previous plans were published in 1961, 1973, 1996, and 2007.

At the March 15, 2017 regular board meeting, the NMCWD Board approved the draft Plan for submittal of a required 60-day public review period. Comments on the draft Plan are due by May 15, 2017.

Draft 2017 Nine Mile Creek Water Management Plan (PDF, 12 MB)

Draft 2017 Nine Mile Creek Water Management Plan_Appendices (PDF, 7 MB)

Please direct questions and comments on the Plan to Randy Anhorn, District Administrator, at 952.835.2078 or ranhorn@ninemilecreek.org.

Following the 60-day review comment period, the District will review and respond to the comments, hold a public hearing on the revised draft Plan and submit the final Plan to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for their final (90 day) review and approval. It is the goal of the NMCWD Board to formally adopt the BWSR approved Plan at its October or November regular meeting.

Plan Development

Word cloud representing the key issues expressed at the May 4 Community Input Meeting for NMCWD Water Manangement Plan
Word cloud representing the key issues expressed at the May 4 Community Input Meeting

The District holds regular meetings with its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), made up of agency representatives including state, regional, county, and city staff members, to gather recommendations, input, and insight on the plan.

The District collected feedback from the community through an online Community Input Survey. The survey received 719 responses, and the information was incorporated by the NMCWD Board of Managers as they prioritized issues to be addressed in the Plan.

NMCWD Plan Update – Summary of Online Survey Results (PDF)

The District also hosted a community input forum on May 4, 2016 to solicit feedback regarding citizen issues and concerns.

Summary of May 4, 2016 Community Input Forum (PDF)

The District Board of Managers has monthly meetings to review stakeholder input and to work on the development of the next generation plan.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the water management plan or planning process, please contact the District’s Administrator, Randy Anhorn, at 952-835-2078.

About the 2007-2017 Plan

Required by law, the District’s current Plan was adopted in March 2007, with the next generation plan due December 31, 2017. BWSR (The Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources) granted the District a plan extension on January 25, 2017. The Plan is prepared in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 103D and 103B.231, and Minnesota Rules 8410.

2007-2017 Water Management Plan Summary (PDF)

Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Water Management Plan 2007-2017 (PDF)

NMCWD Water Management Plan Amendment 9-21-2016 (PDF)

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