COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL WATER PLAN
The Winona County Board of Commissioners adopted the Winona County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan 2011-2015 on December 13, 2011. The adoption of a Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan is authorized under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103B.301-103B.355.
The preparation of Winona County’s Local Water Management Plan involved four phases:
1. Priority Concerns Scoping Document
Preparation of a priority concerns scoping document which identified and documented priority concerns with input from local units of government, a citizen survey, Winona County’s Water Management Committee, and state agencies;
2. Review and Comment
Review and comment by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR);
3. Plan Development
The County developed a written plan which contains goals and objectives to address the priority concerns and an implementation program.
4. Public Hearing and Plan Approval
A public hearing was held on May 31, 2011 to obtain citizen input on the final plan. The Plan along with minutes of the public hearing were sent to BWSR. BWSR reviewed the plan for compliance with the Priority Concerns Scoping Document and the required contents. BWSR also notified and requested recommendations from agencies. The BWSR Board approved the plan on October 26, 2011. On December 13, 2011, the Winona County Board of Commissioners locally adopted the plan.
The purpose of comprehensive local water management plan is to link land use activities with the protection and improvement of surface and groundwater resources. The plan serves all local government units as a guide for policy making and capital considerations. Further, these plans allow local units of government to receive Natural Resource Block Grant allocations and apply for additional grant funds to implement water resource management activities.