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One Watershed, One Plan: Kickoff events set next week in Willmar and Renville

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WILLMAR — Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Renville counties and Soil and Water Conservation Districts are hosting two open house kickoff events to provide information about local watersheds and the One Watershed, One Plan planning process.

The process will be used for developing a comprehensive watershed management plan for the Hawk Creek watershed and portions of the Middle Minnesota watershed. Some of the communities located in the project area include Pennock, Willmar, Montevideo, Blomkest, Sacred Heart, Olivia, Morton and Fairfax.

The open house events will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Willmar at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in the multi-purpose room on the lower level, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Renville Community Center in Renville.

Free meals will be provided along with brief presentations and interactive displays. Guest speaker Kenneth Blumenfeld, senior climatologist from the State Climatology Office, will discuss how changing weather affects the landscape. This event is free to attend.

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Developing the comprehensive watershed management plan is a "bottom up" approach to water management — recognizing that key discussions of major water resource issues, concerns, goals, objectives and solutions are vetted at the local level. Input from citizens and stakeholders is an important part of developing the plan.

Funding for events and for plan development is supported by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources through a grant from the Clean Water Land & Legacy Fund.

For more information, please call 320-269-2139, ext. 3008 or visit the Hawk Creek – Middle Minnesota Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan website: www.kcmn.us/1W1P.

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