District working on Major Plan Amendment

The Lower Minnesota River Watershed District is in the process of amending its Watershed Management Plan (the Plan). This amendment is in response to a request from the District's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to align the Plan with the updating of water governance documents of municipalities within and watershed management organizations adjacent to the District. The Plan amendment focuses on the Goals, Policies and Management Strategies in Section 3 and the Implementation Program in Section 4 of the current Third Watershed Management Plan. Additionally, Appendix K contains the new standards proposed by the District. To read the new and revised sections of the Plan in their entirety, see the Management Plan.

The District released the Draft Plan for the 60-day public comment on July 5, 2017. The comment period ended September 20, 2017. Additional comments will be accepted until the close of the Public Hearing. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to accept public testimony regarding the proposed Plan Amendment. The Public Hearing is scheduled for 7:00 pm, October 25, 2017 in the County Board Room of the Carver County Government Center, 602 East 4th Street, Chaska, MN.

Comments received during the comment period will be responded to individually and posted to the District's website on or before October 15, 2017. Comments received after September 20 will be responded to individually and posted to the District's website after the close of the public hearing.

Written comments may be sent through the close of the public hearing via email to Linda Loomis (naiadconsulting@gmail,com), Della Schall Young (della@youngecg.com), or Steve Christopher (steve.christopher@state.mn.us), or via US mail to Lower Minnesota River Watershed District, 112 East 5th Street, Chaska, MN 55318.

Please check this website for updates regarding the Public Hearing and Plan Amendment.

Comments to this point and responses now available

All comments to the Management Plan Amendment received so far — from review agencies, cities, counties, and residents — and the Board's responses to them are now available in this document. The responses may be updated as they are reviewed by legal counsel.