Area II, formed in 1978 as a nine-county joint powers organization, working collaboratively to alleviate the recurrent flood problems which plague this area of southwestern Minnesota.
This organization is recognized as a leader in flood damage reduction by the installation of dams/reservoirs and road retentions.
Area II assists the member counties in the engineering design, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, construction, and finance of flood control projects. Assistance has also involved water management endeavors, river monitoring, and lake and wetland restoration projects.
Due to the unique land forms of this area, particularly the Coteau de Prairies (otherwise know as the Buffalo Ridge), Area II receives a cost-share rate of 75% state funding and 25% local funding for the office administration and project implementation. Oversight of this grant-in-aid program is provided by the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources.
For more information, click on About Area II