The Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan began in September 2020 with Grant Administration/Coordination provided by the Lac qui Parle SWCD and fiscal management provided by the Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District. Planning grant funds were provided by BWSR through the One Watershed, One Plan program.
The counties of Lac qui Parle, Lincoln and Yellow Medicine, their respective SWCDS, Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District and Area II comprise the 8 members of this agreement.
Houston Engineering, Inc. provided consultant services to draft the Plan document and guide the partners through the process to prioritize subwatersheds and target best management practices and activities that will provide measurable results to achieve the goals outlined in the Plan.
The Plan went through a formal 60-day review in October-November 2022 with a public hearing held in December 2022. The BWSR Board approval of the Plan occurred in March 2023. Within 120 days following BWSR approval, the members voluntarily adopted the Plan which can be found at (link) https://www.yellowmedicineswcd.org/_files/ugd/8da049_dff84617fef8450d89fbc289a1e55391.pdf
The 8 members entered into a Joint Powers Collaboration (link) in November 2022 for implementation of this Plan with continued administration by the Lac qui Parle SWCD and fiscal management by the Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District.
Watershed-Based Implementation Funds were awarded by BWSR in Spring 2023 for BMPs in the high priority planning regions (see map): Cobb Creek, Headwaters – Lac qui Parle River, and West Branch Lac qui Parle River.
This work plan outlines tasks for developing a comprehensive watershed management plan through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) One Watershed, One Plan program. The work plan is designed to reflect the One Watershed, One Plan Operating Procedures and Plan Content Requirements. Suggested start dates may not be in sequential order due to the overlapping nature of the tasks.
Grant Title: 2021 Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed One Watershed, One Plan Planning Grant
Fiscal Agent/Grantee: Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District, Mitch Enderson
Administrative Lead (project coordinator): Lac qui Parle SWCD, Chessa Frahm
The Policy Committee will hold its meetings at 9:00 AM on the 2nd Wednesday of the months of January, April, July and October. Meetings are held at the Canby City Hall conference room in Canby, MN.