Clean Water Management

Volunteers needed for 3rd Annual Stream Clean-up Day  

Rescheduled for May 13, 2023 

The Stockton-Rollingstone-Minnesota City Watershed District is sponsoring a stream clean-up.  Help is needed to collect garbage and debris along Rollingstone Creek. 

Click here to learn more: Stream Clean Up Flyer

WinLaC Draft Comprehensive 

Watershed Management Plan Update

A public hearing for the WinLaC Comprehensive Watershed Plan was held on January 26, 2023, at Minnesota State College SE in Winona.  At this Hearing, the WinLaC Policy Committee received additional comments on the draft Plan, and formally made a motion to approved that the Draft WinLaC Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan be sent to participating boards and council before jointly submitting the Plan to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for final review and approval.

During February 2023, all ten partners boards and council of the WinLaC Partnership approved and signed resolutions to submit the Plan to BWSR; to adopt the Plan contingent on the BWSR Southern Region Committee and subsequent BWSR approval; and to implement the approved plan.  The final partner, Winona County Board of Commissioners, approved its resolution on February 28, 2023.  The WinLaC Partnership is now beginning the 90-Day approval process.

The final WinLaC Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan, and Appendices for 2023-2033 are provided in the links below:

Plan:  Final WinLaC Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan 2023-2033

Appendices:  Final WinLaC Appendices 2023-2033

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60-Day Formal Review: Comments and Reponses

On behalf of the Partnership members, thank you.

WinLaC Partnership:

Houston County               Root River Soil and Water Conservation District

Olmsted County               Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District

Wabasha County              Wabasha County Soil and Water Conservation District

Winona County                 Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District

City of Winona                  Stockton-Rollingstone-Minnesota City Watershed District

Thank you for providing your input!

Stay up to date on the planning process at:

Comprehensive Local Water Plan

The Winona County Board of Commissioners adopted the Winona County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan 2011 through 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.

Phase 1: Priority Concerns Scoping Document

Preparation of 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;

Phase 2: Review and Comment

Review and comment by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR);

Phase 3: Plan Development

The County developed a written plan which contains goals and objectives to address the priority concerns and an implementation program.

Phase 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 was 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 the 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 policymakers 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.

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