The Rainy Headwaters-Vermilion Watershed Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan is out for 60-day public review as of Nov 7, 2023. See the documents for review below:
Comments on the plan are welcome and must be submitted by January 6, 2024 by 4:00pm to both:
North St. Louis SWCD
505 3rd St. N, Ste A
Virginia, MN 55792
MN Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR)
403 4th St NW Room 200
Bemidji, MN 56601
Comments are welcome to be submitted electronically with the subject line “Rainy Headwaters-Vermilion Plan 60-day Review Comments”
After completion of this review period, a summary of comments received will be provided to all who commented, and the Rainy Headwaters-Vermilion Watershed Planning Partners will hold a hybrid public hearing at 10am on January 26, 2024, at tentative locations including the Minnesota North College – Vermilion Campus Fireside Lounge and the Seagull Lake Community Center.
Rainy Headwaters-Vermilion Watershed Stakeholder Meeting
Oct 24th Stakeholder Meeting recording:
Local partners kicked off the start of a comprehensive watershed management planning effort last year and have been working to incorporate stakeholder ideas along the way. You are invited to learn more, share your knowledge and learn what’s next!
Local governments have worked hard over the years to protect and restore our water resources through planning efforts within each county. In recent years, the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources encouraged local governments to partner with neighboring counties to work across jurisdictional boundaries and plan resources on a watershed wide scale. This process is called One Watershed One Plan (1W1P).
The Rainy River Headwaters-Vermilion River 1W1P partners include North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservationist District, St. Louis County, Cook County and Soil & Water Conservation District, and Lake County and Soil & Water Conservation District. The effort will be led by the Steering Team made up of staff from these offices. Our Policy Committee, made up of elected officials from the County and SWCD Boards will approve the content of the plan, serve as a liaison to their representative governing entities and act on behalf of their constituents. An Advisory Committee will also be formed, to provide input to the Policy Committee.
Want to know more about the planning process?
For more information on local water planning or the One Watershed One Plan program, please contact Becca Reiss at firstname.lastname@example.org or any members of the Planning Committee.
Want to know more about the watersheds?
Check out these story maps with some detail information about water quality in the watersheds
Next Policy Committee Meeting will take place with the public hearing: Friday, January 26th from 10am – 12pm with tentative locations in Ely and at Seagull Lake.
Policy Committee Agenda 12/02/2022: Meeting Cancelled
Ann Sullivan- Chair- Cook County Commissioner
Paul McDonald- Vice-chair- St. Louis County Commissioner
Chuck Bainter- Secretary- North St. Louis SWCD Board Supervisor
Beth Hippert- Lake County SWCD Board Supervisor
Rich Sve- Lake County Commissioner
Stan Tull- Cook County SWCD Board Supervisor