Water Management Plan

Local Water Management Plan

In 1977 Minnesota was stricken by drought conditions that nearly rivaled the infamous drought of the 1930s. The Legislature responded by passing the Comprehensive Local Water Management Act (Minnesota Statutes Sections 103B.301 to 103B.355) in 1985. The act encourages counties outside of the metropolitan area to develop and implement comprehensive water plans. While the plans are voluntary, counties that participate in the program are awarded base grants from the State based on the tax capacity of the county.

The Mille Lacs County Local Water Management Plan outlines a plan for the utilization of sound hydrologic management principles to address water resource concerns on a watershed unit and groundwater system context throughout Mille Lacs County. These water plans are based on a ten year planning period. The current water plan was approved on November 20, 2018, for the planning period from November 2018 to October, 2027.

One Watershed, One Plan

Water planning in the State of Minnesota has historically been completed based on municipal boundaries. One Watershed, One Plan aims to align local water planning on watershed boundaries to create prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plans.

The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has divided Minnesota into 63 suggested planning boundaries, which are based on major watersheds. The legislature set a participation goal in 2015 of all planning boundaries by the year 2025. So far, the five pilot plans have been approved by the BWSR board and thirteen groups are actively developing plans.

Rum River Watershed Grant & Partners

The Rum River watershed was one of nine recently awarded a grant to develop a watershed-based plan. The Rum River watershed includes 83% of Mille Lacs County, and partners in the following counties: 

  • Aitkin
  • Anoka
  • Benton
  • Crow Wing
  • Isanti
  • Kanabec
  • Morrison
  • Sherburne