Clean Water Management

Notice:  A Public Hearing is set for the 

WinLaC Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan  


Event: Public Hearing for Review of Plan:  Mississippi River River-Winona and La Crescent Watersheds (WinLaC)

When: Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. (inclement weather alternative:  Jan. 30th at 6:00 p.m.)

Where: Minnesota State College SE, 1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN 55987 (use door A, main entrance).

Virtual Link for remote participation:

Weather related postponements will be posted on the bottom of Winona County’s opening webpage at Winona County, MN | Official Website

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During the Public Hearing, information will be presented regarding the draft comprehensive watershed management plan, which was out for public, 60-day review from October 5 - December 5, 2022.  Presentation will include: a summary of the plan development process, response to comments following the formal review, and plan implementation.

The public is invited to attend and can provide additional comment, either verbal or written that will become part of the official public hearing record.  

If planning to provide verbal comment, Public Hearing participants are encouraged to sign up in advance using the form found on the WinLaC Partnership website by 4:30 p.m. January 23, 2023: 

If unable to attend the Public Hearing, you can still participate with written comments by 4:30 p.m. January 23, 2023, using the contact information below. Submitted comments (up to 450 words) will be received and filed.

By Mail: Winona County Planning 

Attn: Sheila Harmes, County Water Planner 

202 West Third Street 

Winona, MN 55987 


By E-Mail:

Subject: “WinLaC CWMP Public Comment” 


Directly on WinLaC Partnership website:


The current draft WinLaC Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan, and Appendices are provided in the links below:

Draft Plan:  WinLaC CWMP Public Hearing Draft

Appendices:  WinLaC Appendices Public Hearing Draft

A hard copy of the draft plan is available upon request at the Winona County Planning and Environmental Services Department at 507-457-6520.

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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