North Fork Crow One Watershed, One Plan
North Fork Crow One Watershed, One Plan

Location:  Wright County, MN
Client:  Crow River Organization of Water

Background

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) charged local governments to develop one watershed plan to drive water resources planning, management, and project efforts within the watershed. The One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) pilot project departs from traditional efforts guided by multiple plans and instead encourages local partners to work together to develop a collaborative water management plan that consistently and concurrently drives efforts in the same direction.

HEI is currently working with partners in the North Fork Crow River Watershed to help develop this groundbreaking project.

The Project

One of the most complicated factors of this project is the level of coordination and communication required.

To address this, HEI is working with the Crow River Organization of Water (CROW) to facilitate a series of stakeholder meetings with partners to develop the backbone of the plan, ensuring known issues and future goals were clearly defined. 

HEI is leading partners through a series of productive discussions to gain consensus with a diverse group. Meetings help the team stay on target to meet milestone deadlines to reach BWSR’s ultimate timeline for completion. As the project progresses, HEI is continuing to gather watershed information, set measurable goals, and ultimately write a plan with targeted implementation strategies. The team will also use the Prioritize, Target, and Measure Application (PTMApp) to create output products to help partners target the best locations to place best management practices (BMPs) on the ground.

North Fork Crow River Watershed Map

Client Benefits

  • Assistance with a new pilot program.
  • Coordination with and input from numerous stakeholders, including the public.
  • Detailed plan writing services to describe various complex watershed characteristics.
  • Use of PTMApp to write a plan that is targeted and measurable for future projects.