Cedar River One Watershed, One Plan
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In August 2016, state officials approved funding for a One Watershed, One Plan project focused on protecting and improving the Cedar River along with its tributaries.
This is part of the second round of One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) projects approved by the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR). The Cedar River 1W1P process began in fall 2016 and is expected to have plan completed by 2018.
The plan will not add a new layer of government.
Local governments units involved with Cedar River 1W1P include the counties and Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) of Mower, Dodge, Freeborn and Steele; Cedar River Watershed District; Turtle Creek Watershed District; and the City of Austin.
Staff from each of those local-government units will be part of a planning work group for Cedar River 1W1P. One board member from each of the organizations also will serve on a policy committee that oversees and guides the project. Officials from state agencies and other stakeholder groups will serve on an advisory committee.
Overall, Cedar River 1W1P's boundaries cover 462,295 acres. Most of the land – about 57 percent – is in Mower County, with 32 percent in Freeborn; 10 percent in Dodge; and 1 percent in Steele (includes the City of Blooming Prairie).
Under 1W1P, the state aims to create plans based on watershed boundaries rather than smaller, political boundaries. This will ensure the most significant threats to a watershed’s water resources are addressed with practices providing the greatest environmental benefits.