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Renville County supports new watershed partnership with Chippewa, Kandiyohi counties

Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Renville counties will work together under a joint powers agreement, pending final approval by all three counties, as the Central Minnesota River Watershed Partnership on water quality in the watersheds in their boundaries that drain to the Minnesota River.

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Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Renville counties will work under a joint powers agreement, pending final approval by all three counties, on water quality issues as the Central Minnesota River Watershed Partnership. The map shows the watersheds in the state, with the area for the partnership designated on this map as the "Hawk Creek Middle Minnesota."
Contributed / Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources

OLIVIA — The Renville County Board of Commissioners has voiced support for resolutions to join Kandiyohi and Chippewa counties and create the Central Minnesota River Watershed Partnership to oversee water quality initiatives.

In discussions at their meeting on Feb. 15, the commissioners indicated their support for a joint powers agreement and the new entity as part of the One Watershed, One Plan initiative of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.

The Renville County Board will act on the resolutions at the Feb. 22 meeting.

The Central Minnesota River Watershed Partnership will be eligible for some $949,000 in funding for conservation projects once the counties form the new entity.

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Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Renville Counties will work under a joint powers agreement on water quality issues as the Middle Minnesota River Watershed Partnership. The map shows the Middle Minnesota area.
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A joint powers board consisting of one county commissioner from each of the counties and one representative from the Soil and Water Conservation Districts for each county will oversee the partnership. That board will focus on water quality and conservation work in the watersheds which drain to the Minnesota River in the area north of the river from Montevideo to Little Rock Creek, which is downstream of Fort Ridgely State Park.

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Representatives of the three counties have already approved a plan for the partnership that sets priorities for water quality and conservation work in the area. The plan prioritizes four sub-watersheds in the basin for work.

It’s expected that the greatest share of the funding will be provided to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the counties to implement best management practices on land in the basin. The vast majority of the land is in agricultural use.

Reducing soil erosion and improving water quality as well as efforts to hold more water on the land and slow its flow into tributaries and the Minnesota River are among the priorities for the new entity.

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoors reporter for the West Central Tribune.
He has been a reporter with the West Central Tribune since 1993.

Cherveny can be reached via email at tcherveny@wctrib.com or by phone at 320-214-4335.
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