Watershed Management Organization
Board of Water and Soil Resources rates Scott Watershed Management Organization a “top performer”
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) relies on local government partners, like Scott WMO, to help deliver water conservation programs such as those funded by the Clean Water Fund. Scott WMO uses Clean Water Funds to complete projects ranging from rain gardens to ravine stabilizations along county highways. Each year BWSR audits several partners to test if they deliver effective water management with integrity. This year, Scott WMO was audited.
BWSR finished the Scott WMO audit on August 24th, 2015. BWSR rates Scott WMO a top performer for water management with only two suggestions for improvement. BWSR commends Scott WMO for meeting 11 out of 12 High Performance Standards. A survey of Scott WMO partners reports that 92 percent believe their relationship with Scott WMO is strong and beneficial.
For more information about Scott WMO clean water projects, please review our annual reports.
For more information about BWSR’s auditing process or Clean Water Fund projects, please visit BWSR’s webpage.
Prescribed (Controlled) Burn - Highland Park/O'Dowd Lake,
A controlled burn will be done at Highland Park/O'Dowd Lake on the lakeshore buffer that was installed in 2012. The burn will take place sometime between April 18th - 25th weather and wind dependent. A letter of notification has been sent out to residents in the area. Permits and local authorities have been notified. Please read the DNR brochure on prescribed burns for more detailed information on how it's done and what are the benefits.
WMO Announces it is accepting Watershed Steward Grant Applications
Does your organization have a water quality or environmental improvement project it wants to complete? The Scott Watershed Management Organization (Scott WMO) values and supports efforts made by residents to help achieve the goals of the Scott WMO and is announcing that it is accepting Watershed Steward Grant Applications. Grants will pay up to $2,000 for an eligible activity. Applications will be accepted and reviewed monthly until available funds are encumbered. For more information on the program and how to apply click on the link below.
The US EPA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have selected Scott County and the Scott Watershed Management Organization for a Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Pollution control grant. The Scott WMO applied for grant funding to implement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Plans that have been completed for water bodies in the Scott WMO. Water bodies with completed TMDLs include Cedar and McMahon Lakes, and the Minnesota River. Sand, Raven and Porter Creeks (which are tributaries to the Minnesota River) will also benefit. The grant amount is $298,000 to be used over four years. Practices to be promoted include filter strips, native vegetation plantings, grade controls, alternative tile intakes, grassed waterways, terraces, water and sediment basins, wet detention ponds, and wetland restoration. Partners in the project include: Le Sueur, Rice and Scott Soil and Water Conservation Districts. July 2013.