Introducing the Watershed District
Our 64-square- mile boundaries include the Minnesota River Valley from Carver, Minnesota, at the west, to the confluence with the Mississippi River at historic Fort Snelling, near the airport, at the east.
The District boundaries adjoin five other watershed districts, four water management organizations, and portions of fifteen communities in four metropolitan counties.
What does the Watershed District do? Among other things, we are charged with
- Protecting groundwater and surface water systems
- Improving water quality
- Establishing governmental policies to manage water resources
- Preventing erosion into surface waters
- Working with the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the river for commercial barge navigation
- Protecting fish and wildlife habitat, and
- Affording recreational opportunities