Watershed Management

The Twin Cities Metropolitan Area is mandated by state statute to be covered by Watershed Management Organizations (WMOs) for the purpose of enabling local water management.  There are three types of WMOs: a Watershed District, a municipal/city based joint powers WMO, or a county based WMO.  Scott County has Watershed Districts and County based WMOs.  They are all similar government units that work with local governments, like cities, to satisfy state surface water planning standards.  They also help local governments to sort out surface water issues.  However, they do not replace state or federal water management authorities.   For more about the history and duties of watershed districts and WMOs, please visit the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources webpage on Local Government Units and Partner Agencies.

There are four watershed management organizations in Scott County. View the image below for their locations.  Click any of their names in the below list to connect to their websites:
Click on the picture below to enlarge the map in a PDF, or you may use the Scott County GIS Interactive Map to see which watershed authority looks after your surface waters.
Simple Watershed Boundaries
Do you have questions about surface water planning requirements?  Please review both the watershed management authority’s comprehensive plan AND the local governments surface water plan.  Local government plans (i.e. cities) may have additional requirements.  If you still have questions, please contact Paul Nelson.