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     Fillmore Soil and Water
     Conservation District
     507-765-3878 Ext. 3

     900 Washington St. SW
     Preston, MN 55965



Root River Watershed

Root River One Watershed, One Plan Pilot Project

In early 2014, planning partners in this watershed area joined together to submit a nomination to pilot the One Watershed, One Plan in the Root River Watershed.  In June, the Root River was selected as one of five major watersheds across the state to pilot this program.                                                  

The six-county watershed planning area includes those portions of Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Houston, Fillmore, and Mower counties that drain to the Root River, the Minnesota portion of the Upper Iowa River watershed and the Mississippi-Reno watershed in Houston County.  The planning area encompasses over 1.3 million acres.

The pilot program involved a broad range of stakeholders, including governments, state agencies, and community members and organizations as partners in the planning process.  The resulting plan was approved by the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources in December 2016.  It was then adopted by all 13 LGU partners in 2017 (Dodge County, Dodge SWCD, Fillmore County, Fillmore SWCD, Houston County, Root River SWCD, Crooked Creek Watershed District, Mower County, Mower SWCD, Olmsted County, Olmsted SWCD, Winona County, and Winona SWCD.)

The four "A" priorities in the watershed plan are:  Drinking Water Supplies, Rivers and Stream, Landowner Engagement in Water Resource Issues, and Livability.

In May 2015, the first watershed-based grants were allocated to the five 1W1P pilot areas.  The Root River 1W1P was awarded $851,301 for implementation.  Winona SWCD serves s the fiscal agent for the Grant and Fillmore SWCD serves as the day-to-day contact for administration and coordination of the grant.  Click here for the Calendar year 2018 Report of Activities.  Click here to see the Fiscal year 2018-2019 Work Plan Budget.

In 2018, an online reporting system (Watershed Inventory of Partner Projects, or WIPP) was established for projects completed in the 1W1P area by partner agencies and organizations which ar not tracked within other statewide databases.  Click here to view a map of partner projects.  Best management practices completed in the watershed can be found in the MPCA Clean Water Accountability Report.

For more information, contact Nikki Wheeler or Laura Christensen at the Fillmore SWCD office.


12/23/2016 Interactive PDF One Watershed, One Plan Final Document
12/23/2016 Appendices to One Watershed, One Plan Final Document

Root River One Watershed, One Plan Public Kickoff Open House Maps

     General Location Map      MPCA Impaired Streams Map      Karst Map              Shaded Relief Map

     Biodiversity Map              Soil Texture Map                           Land Use Map


Policy Committee Members                                                                   Root River 1W1P By Laws (2017)

                                                                                      Root River 1W1P Joint Powers Agreement (2017)

Root River One Watershed, One Plan

Policy Committee Meetings 

A Policy Committee, made up of elected officials has the
January 21, 2015 January 21, 2015 primary role of making final decisions about the content
March 2, 2015 March 2, 2015 of the watershed plan and its submittal to and approval
April 6, 2015 April 6, 2015 by the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).
May 4, 2015 May 4, 2015 The Policy Committee and the members' respective
June 3, 2015 June 3, 2015 boards approved a Joint Powers Agreement in 2017
July 6, 2015 July 6, 2015 to continue to operate cooperatively and
August 31, 2015 August 31, 2015 collaboratively, but not as a separate entity, for the
November 2, 2015 November 2, 2015 purpose of continued planning of, review of, advising
November 30, 2015 November 30, 2015 on, and coordinating of the implementation of the One
January 4, 2016 January 4, 2016 Watershed, One Plan Root River Watershed plan.
April 11, 2016 April 11, 2016
June 13, 2016 June 13, 2016
September 26, 2016 September 26, 2017
December 19, 2016 December 19, 2016
March 20, 2017 March 20, 2017
August 28, 2017 August 28, 2017
January 29, 2018 January 29, 2018
June 11, 2018 June 11, 2018
November 28, 2018 November 28, 2018

February 28, 2019

February 28, 2019  
January 9, 2020 January 9,2020 DRAFT  
February 24, 2020    

Root River One Watershed, One Plan                                                         Advisory Committee Members

Advisory Committee  Meetings                                                                                                   

The purpose of an Advisory Committee is to make
April 29, 2015 April 29, 2015 recommendations to the Policy Committee regarding
June 30, 2015 June 30, 2015 identification of priority resources and targeted
August 21, 2015 August 21, 2015 implementation for protecting and restoring water
October 19, 2015 October 19, 2015 resources.
March 9, 2017 March 9, 2017 The Advisory Committee met Monday, March 7th at 9:00 am in Room 108 of the Fillmore County Office Building in Preston for review of Section 4 of the draft watershed plan.  No minutes were recorded since the entire meeting was review of the plan.
July 19, 2017 July 19, 2017  
March 20, 2018 March 20, 2018  
November 13, 2018 November 13, 2018  
March 19, 2019 March 19, 2019  
November 4, 2019    


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