Mississippi River Brainerd Watershed to Adopt One Watershed, One Plan – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

BRAINERD – The Mississippi River Brainerd has been selected by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources for the One Watershed, One Plan program. Local professionals are seeking public input on the program’s implementation through a launch event on Monday, June 6 at Camp Ripley.

The program allows counties to move from county-based water management planning to watershed-based planning.

The Mississippi Brainerd River watershed begins in Aitkin County and continues where the river passes through the towns of Aitkin, Brainerd, Baxter, and Little Falls. The watershed encompasses all or parts of Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, and Todd counties.

The local professionals developing the plan have scheduled a public kickoff to get feedback on long-range planning. The event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Environmental Classroom, Building 11-1 (TACC). The initial planning meeting will inform the public about the planning process and gather information and feedback from citizens and watershed stakeholders on natural resource priorities.

“Because you live in the area and use the resources of the land, local citizens are essential to the contributing process,” Shannon Wettsein, Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District Manager, said in a statement. Press. “With a resident knowledge base, we will be able to better develop a reasonable long-term plan that reflects the needs and concerns of our citizens. Public input matters.

Attendees will be able to visit and enjoy Camp Ripley’s environmental classroom with hundreds of wildlife species on display, learn about the One Watershed, One Plan process, take a virtual tour of the watershed, learn about the current state of the watershed and provide comments. that will help in the planning process and help with prioritization and targeting. A complimentary light meal will be available.

Registration is mandatory. To register, contact Lance Chisholm at 320-631-3556 or lance.chisholm@morrisonswcd.org. Include your name and the number of other guests who will be attending the event. Bring a government-issued ID or driver’s license to access Camp Ripley.

For those unable to attend the event, a short survey is available to gather concerns, opinions and ideas to

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