NEW ULM - The Brown County Water Plan Task Force reviewed recent accomplishments and discussed amending the comprehensive water plan Friday.
Brown County Water Planner John Knisley said he plans to host open houses in county communities over the winter months to promote public participation and review comments and concerns and incorporate them into an amendment, if approved by the Task Force.
The existing water plan will be reviewed by the Task Force and the Water Planner will create a public survey.
"Our water plan should be considered more on an entire watershed basis rather than just under jurisdictional borders," Knisley said. "We need to continue promoting water conservation projects and working with conservation partners."
Past Task Force accomplishments include:
Sampling 14 stream stretches and five lakes with SWAG (Surface Water Assessment Grants) over the past four years.
Working with naturalist and school groups, plus the general public on water planning education.
Worked with the University of Minnesota to complete location of un-marked wells throughout Brown County to complete a groundwater survey.
Collected agricultural waste with Household Hazardous Waste collection events.
An active feedlot inspection program and funded pollution control projects through agriculture BMP (Best Management Practices) programs.
Worked with private landowners to apply for grants in Spring Creek Watershed to promote stream bank restoration, water retention and other water conservation programs. Watershed restorable wetland areas were mapped. Conservation partners were consulted to make all conservation programs available to landowners.
An active (WCA) Wetland Conservation Act) program of enforcement and public education.
The Brown County Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and RCRCA (Redwood Cottonwood River Conservation Association) had success promoting agricultural land conservation.
Operated a successful septic system update loan program.
The Task Force will review its 48-page Water Management Plan at a meeting set for 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 19 in the Brown County Courthouse Commissioner's Room.
For more information, visit www.co.brown.us/images/stories/Departments/PZ/FINALWATERPLAN.pdf. To receive a copy of the water plan, call 507-233-6614 or write the Brown County Water Planning Office at P.O. Box 248, New Ulm, MN 56073.
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