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Lower Minnesota River East Watershed

The Lower MN River East
Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

Our draft plan is ready to view! Click the link to download and read. 
We have completed the 60-day review process. Learn more here.

View comments and responses from our 60 day review here.

A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that drains off of it goes into the same place—a river, stream or lake. And each small watershed​ is part of a more extensive watershed for a larger stream or lake. 

The Lower Minnesota River East (LMRE) watershed contains areas from three counties: Le Sueur, Rice, and Scott. Local conservation leaders from each of these counties are working together to develop a Comprehensive Water Management plan to determine priorities to protect our water resources. 

The partnership hosted a Public Hearing on May 30th, 2024 to receive comments and feedback on the plan. Learn more here.

What is the Lower MN River East Watershed?

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Partnership Goals

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Water Resource Protection

Protect and improve resource concerns within the watershed boundaries to ensure targeted results. 

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Education and Outreach

Ensure the longevity of the watershed by educating residents on the natural resources they are protecting.

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Public Input Implementation

Priorities for improvement based on public input and specialized, local concerns.

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Assist with Statewide Programs

Align local water planning on major watershed boundaries within Minnesota's One Watershed One Plan program.



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