Water Planning

The State of Minnesota requires every county to adopt a local water management plan. The plan addresses land use decisions across the county that will help with local goals and priorities to improve and protect surface and groundwater resources.

In 2015, the state of Minnesota shifted its efforts towards a watershed wide approach when working with watershed management priorities, goals, and implementation activities.  Numerous local government units, state, and federal agencies, as well as other stakeholders work together to develop a 10-year Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan known as One Watershed One Plan (1W1P).  The idea is to work on a major watershed scale which in return should be more effective in improving, restoring, and protecting our resources.  

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources One Watershed, One Plan Information

Two major watershed areas cover Waseca County, the Le Sueur River Watershed and the Cannon River Watershed. 

Cannon River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (CWMP) 

In 2016 Waseca County and SWCD, Le Sueur County and SWCD, Rice County and SWCD, Dakota County and SWCD, Goodhue County and SWCD, Belle Creek Watershed District and North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization joined together to create the Cannon River CWMP. 

The Cannon River CWMP was approved by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources in June of 2020. The plan addresses the most significant threats to our water resources and included an implementation strategy that provides the greatest benefit to the watershed. The plan implementation is overseen by the Cannon River Watershed Joint Powers Organization. 

For more information on the Cannon River One Watershed, One Plan please visit the links below:

Cannon River Watershed Joint Powers Organization

Cannon River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

Cannon River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan Appendices

Le Sueur River One Watershed, One Plan

In August 2020 the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources selected the Le Sueur River Watershed for a One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) planning grant to create a comprehensive watershed management plan.  

The Le Sueur River Watershed planning partnership included Blue Earth County, Blue Earth Soil and Water Conservation District, Waseca County, Waseca Soil and Water Conservation District, Faribault County, Faribault Soil and Water Conservation District, Freeborn County, Freeborn Soil and Water Conservation District.  The planning process also involved a broad range of stakeholders and public engagement activities. In August 2023, the Le Sueur River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan was approved by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. 

For more information on the Le Sueur River One Watershed, One Plan please visit the links below:

Le Sueur River One Watershed, One Plan Information Page