Rum River Watershed Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

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Rum River Watershed Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

Spanning 1,584 square miles from Mille Lacs Lake to Anoka County, the confluence of the Rum and Mississippi Rivers significantly impacts drinking water quality for the urban area. The Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan aims to safeguard water quality and protect downstream drinking water. Our environmental team played a pivotal role in the planning process, guiding diverse stakeholders, including the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe—one of the first tribal nations involved in the One Watershed, One Plan process—to ensure implementable recommendations. The approved plan optimizes priority restoration efforts, targeting projects that maximize cultural and natural resources while providing multiple ecological benefits.

Rum River Watershed District Flipplingbook +

  • 10 counties affected and multiple eco-regions
  • In-person facilitation and virtual open house engagement
  • Well-coordinated committee work for efficiency and ground-truthing
  • Cost-effective incorporation of existing studies and model data 
  • Hydrologic Simulation Program–Fortan (HSPF) Scenario Application Manager (SAM) assessment
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Julie and her team have continually shown us their dedication to creating a plan that not only looks nice but works for the Partnership. The team constantly responds to requests, produces easy-to-understand documents, and demonstrates excellent communication. I have and continue to enjoy working through the complex process with the ISG team.

Tiffany Determan
Isanti SWCD

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