Rainy River Headwaters-Vermilion River One Watershed, One Plan

What is a One Watershed One Plan?

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).

Who is involved in the RRHW/VR One Watershed One Plan?

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?
For more information on local water planning or the One Watershed One Plan program, please contact Becca Reiss at becca@nslswcd.org or any members of the Planning Committee.

Request for Qualifications from Consultants

The planning team is currently looking for a consultant to assist in developing a comprehensive watershed management plan for the combined Rainy River Headwaters and Vermilion River Watersheds. Please review the Request for Qualifications and the associated Workplan and respond by Thursday, May 26, 2022, at noon.


Policy Committee Agendas & Minutes

Policy Committee Agenda 05/16/2022

Advisory Committee Agenda & Minutes

Planning Documents & Resources

Policy Committee Bylaws of the Rainy River Headwaters-Vermilion River 1W1P

North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the office . A zoom link is available by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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