Watershed Management Plan Update

The Scott Watershed Management Organization (Scott WMO) is in the process of creating the next generation plan (2019 – 2026), due to the current plan being completed by the end of 2018.  Check back for periodic updates on the process and relevant meetings on this page. 


Addendum to 90-Day Final Review Document

July 19, 2018

It was brought to our attention that we are missing the Maps and Attachments in our submittal of the draft Plan of the SWMO Standards located in Appendix D.  We apologize for that oversight, those documents are provided for you here:

Appendix D – Standards Maps & Attachment 1

These documents will be included in Appendix D as part of the Final Adopted Plan document after final approval from the Board of Water & Soil Resources.

Click the picture to view the draft plan!


SWMO Releases Plan to BWSR and State agencies for 90 Day Review and Approval

July 16, 2018

The Draft Scott Watershed Management Organization 2019 – 2026 Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan has been sent to the Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR), as well as State Review Agencies for its final 90-day review and approval.

All changes in the draft plan are in strikeout and underlined text.  Changes from the 60-day review are detailed in Appendix H.  

Additional changes include:

  1. We wrote and included an Executive Summary in the Plan.
  2. Additional changes are the addition of BWSR’s Watershed Based Funding Pilot Program projects that Scott County finalized and submitted to BWSR for their final review in early July.  Those projects were still being discussed and finalized during the drafting of the Plan earlier this year, but projects and dollars allocated weren’t ready to be included in the first draft review period.  They are finalized now and have been disclosed and included in this final Plan review (See amended Table 4.2 in Plan).
  3. Removed the Camber Ave CIP in Table 5.4 because recently the landowner decided they were not interested.
  4. Added an Appendix H for the 60-day Comments and Responses to the Comments.
  5. Staff also went through the Plan and made some typo and formatting corrections.

Once final approval is received from BWSR, the Plan will go before the Scott County Board of Commissioners for adoption late 2018/early 2019.

SWMO Releases Responses to Public Comments; Plans Public Hearing

The SWMO released its draft Plan for agency comment on March 23rd with the comment period ending May 23, 2018.  The SWMO received comments from seven agencies/organizations on its draft Plan.  Thank you to everyone who provided comments, we greatly appreciated them.  

Staff’s proposed changes to the draft SWMO Plan are now available for viewing.  The draft includes, as Appendix H, a spreadsheet listing the Agency who provided the comment, what the comment said, and the SWMO draft responses to those comments.

Click on the Cover Page picture to open the plan.  Or access it at http://www.scottcountymn.gov/wmo/waterplanreview.

The comments and responses were discussed with our Watershed Planning Commission at their June 25th meeting and the commissioners were in agreement with the adequacy of the responses and support of the proposed changes.  

If you have any questions regarding our responses, please feel free to contact me at mbokman@co.scott.mn.us or 952-496-8887 or Paul Nelson, Environmental Services Manager at pnelson@co.scott.mn.us or 952-496-8054.  

The public hearing on our draft Plan will occur:  

At 9:30AM on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
at the Scott County Government Center,
in the 2nd floor Scott County Board Room.

This hearing is another opportunity for the public to express any comments on the draft Plan before its final draft form which will be sent to the State Review Agencies for a final 90 day review before adoption.

Public Commentary Period Begins on SWMO Draft Plan

This is the official notice of the release of the Draft SWMO 2019–2026 Water Resources Management Plan for the 60 day state agency and public review and comment period.

Please submit all comments in writing via email or mailed letter to:
Melissa Bokman
Sr. Water Resources Planner
Scott Watershed Management Organization
200 4th Avenue West
Shakopee, MN  55379

The deadline for comments in this 60-day review period is Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Planning for a Sustainable Future 
On March 27, 2017 the WMO Technical Advisory Committee along with the Watershed Planning Commission participated in a scenario-based planning workshop with Future iQ to better understand future drivers that may affect future operations of watershed management in Scott County.   Approximately 26 water and watershed management stakeholders and county staff participated in the workshop and developed scenarios presented in the linked report (click on the below picture). 

To view the Future iQ report, click on the picture

Future IQ Meeting
Update 2/22/17: The results of the three public meetings, the public kick-off meeting, and online survey are now available.  Please click on the picture to the right to view the results.

Update 2/8/17:
The online survey is now closed.  The results of the survey will be posted soon.  Please do not forget there is a public meeting tonight to go over the results of the survey and input from previous meetings.  To register for the meeting tonight, please email Becky at rgroshens@co.scott.mn.us.

New 12/28/16: A public kick-off meeting has been announced.  View the meeting announcement.

Meeting & Survey Results

2017 Survey Results
See the current plan on the Comprehensive Water Resource Plan page.

You’re Invited!

Your input is needed to develop the next 10-year Scott Watershed Management Organization Watershed Plan

Every 10 years, the Scott Watershed Management Organization (Scott WMO) updates its plan that defines top issues and priorities for managing the water resources in the 375 square miles of the watershed, comprised of 11 townships and seven cities in Scott County.

Scott Watershed Management Organization leaders invite people who live in the watershed to express their views on water resource issues, priorities, and opportunities that will be considered as the watershed plan is developed.

Starting in early 2017, we will have Community Conversation meetings set-up around the county for anyone who lives within the watershed to attend. Not sure if you live in the watershed? Do you live in the white area of Scott County in the map below? If yes, then you live in the watershed. Please visit Scott County's 2.0 mapping application for an interactive map that includes the watershed boundaries.

Click on the map to enlarge

Simple Watershed Boundaries

Attend any Community Conversation:

  • 6 – 8 PM Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Shakopee Law Enforcement Center, 301 Fuller Street South, Shakopee. Room LE 240/241.
  • 6 – 8 PM Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Belle Plaine City Hall, 218 N. Meridian Street, Belle Plaine. Use North entrance to Council Chambers room.
  • 6 – 8 PM Monday, January 9, 2017. Spring Lake Township Hall, 20381 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake. Hall Conference Room.
Take advantage of a chance to have your ideas/concerns heard. We’re looking forward to your input! Each meeting will include discussions of water resource issues. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Email Becky Groshens at rgroshens@co.scott.mn.us, or call 952-496-8943, to reserve your spot today.

What if I cannot attend a Community Conversation Meeting?

If you can’t make it to one of the meetings above but would like to give your input, we hope you will take a few minutes and participate in our online survey. The survey will be available starting December 15, 2016 and will be open until February 1, 2017.

Please Note:

After the January 9th Community Conversation meeting, watershed staff will consolidate all the input from stakeholders and present those results on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00pm at the Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller Street, Shakopee, MN.  Please join us once again to participate in the prioritizing process of your issues and suggested actions to guide us in preparing our ten year watershed management plan.