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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

 

Chippewa River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Chippewa River Watershed Association Joint Powers Board is holding a Public Hearing at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Pope County Courthouse Community Room, 130 E. Minnesota Avenue, Glenwood, MN regarding the Chippewa River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan adoption.

Information will be presented and discussed regarding the draft comprehensive watershed management plan for the Chippewa River Watershed, which covers portions of Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, Stearns, Swift, Kandiyohi, and Chippewa Counties. This Plan was previously out for 60-day review from December 18th – February 27th, 2024. This Plan was developed cooperatively by the County Boards and SWCD Boards in Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, Stearns, Swift, Kandiyohi, and Chippewa Counties.

Any interested person(s) may appear at the above time and place and are invited to attend the hearing and submit comments, written or verbal, that will become part of the official public hearing record.

Please submit written comments by 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 19th, 2024 using the contact information below.  Comments will be considered when making final revisions to the plan.

By Mail:

Pope Soil and Water Conservation District
Attn: Holly Kovarik, District Manager
1680 Franklin Street North
Glenwood, MN 56334

By E-Mail:

holly.kovarik@mn.nacdnet.net
Subject: “Chippewa River Watershed Plan Public Comments”

Copies of the current draft Plan, maps of the planning area, a summary of the response to comments, and related documents are available on the Chippewa River Watershed website:  https://chippewariverwatershed.org/plans/comprehensive-watershed-management-plan/

A hard copy of the draft plan is available upon request at the following locations during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please call ahead to make an appointment to view the hard copies at the following location: Pope Soil and Water Conservation District 1680 Franklin Street North, Glenwood, MN 56334.

Holly Kovarik, District Manager
Pope Soil and Water Conservation District

 


​Chippewa River Watershed Project

The Chippewa River Watershed partners have worked together for many years, going as far back as 1998. A group called the Chippewa River Watershed Project (CRWP) has worked since that time to improve water quality in the watershed. This group completed watershed monitoring and worked to secure funding to do Best Management Practices (BMPs) and conduct education and outreach across the watershed. This group recently reorganized and is now called the Chippewa River Watershed Association (CRWA).

I have heard from some constituents that are wondering about the status of this group. About three years ago the partnership worked to reorganize its Joint Powers Agreement. The partnership previously only included the Counties and the group worked to revise the agreement to include Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). This group also began efforts to prepare for an application to the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for the “One Watershed One Plan” program. The CRWA was successful in attaining a planning grant from BWSR.

This program allows counties to transition from county-based water plans to watershed-based planning. The planning area for the Chippewa River One Watershed One Plan includes portions of Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, Swift, Chippewa, and Kandiyohi counties. County and SWCD Boards in each of these counties have entered into a Joint Powers Agreement for the purpose of developing a watershed plan and to restore and protect the water and soil resources in the Chippewa River Watershed planning area. Pope Soil and Water Conservation District staff are acting on behalf of the partnership to coordinate this effort and to manage the fiscal duties.

This planning effort will take approximately two years to complete and at its conclusion will provide state funding for conservation projects that are considered a priority for improving and protecting our resources as identified and agreed upon by the CRWA members.

Contact: Holly Kovarik, Pope SWCD 320-634-5327


Pope County water planning activities include:

  • Lake and stream monitoring
  • Land use improvements with some cost share opportunities
  • Lakescaping projects
  • Storm water and flood retention programming
  • Environmental planning and public education

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