Providing collaborative facilitation of comprehensive watershed management plans
Minnesota has a long history of water management by communities and local governments. One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) is the next step in the evolution of water planning. Several communities and soil and water conservation district’s (SWCD) in Region Five have already begun developing watershed-based plans consistent with the 1W1P vision. 1W1P is a program offered through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) that supports partnerships of local governments in developing prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plans. Key principles include planning at the major watershed scale and aligning local plans with state strategies. Plans created through the 1W1P program are called comprehensive watershed management plans.
The Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) assists communities and SWCD’s throughout the planning process by facilitating a strategic policy framework that is based on obtaining input from a broad array of soil and water conservation stakeholders ranging from hydrologists, well drillers, and farmers, to state agencies like the DNR and MPCA. Through this process, Region Five helps communities navigate a process to identify issues, barriers and solutions related to soil and water conservation on a watershed basis, which naturally transcends local municipal and county boundaries.