About our Overall Plan
The Bois de Sioux Watershed District (District) was established on May 11, 1988, by order of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) under the provisions of the Minnesota Statutes (MS), Chapter 103D, otherwise referred to as the Minnesota Watershed Act. The District is located in west central Minnesota and includes the entire drainage basin, in Minnesota, of the Bois de Sioux River. The counties included in this area are Traverse, Grant, Wilkin, Stevens, Big Stone and Otter Tail. Citi es within the District are Breckenridge, Doran, Campbell, Wendell, Elbow Lake, Norcross, He rman, Donnelly, Graceville, Dumont, Johnson, Wheaton and Tintah. The total area is about 1,412 square miles of which 93 percent is used for agricultural production. The Bois de Sioux River and its source, Lake Traverse, form the boundary between Minnesota and South and North Dakota. The river flows north from Lake Traverse to Breckenridge where it joins with the Otter Tail River to form the Red River of the North. Major tributaries in Minnesota are the Mustinka River and the Rabbit River. Tributaries in North and South Dakota contribute drainage from an additional 549 square miles. The District is a governmental subdivision of the State of Minnesota with authority to comprehensively manage water resources. Minnesota Statutes requires the Watershed District Board of Managers to develop and periodically update a watershed management plan. In accordance with Minnesota Statutes, the District has revised its ten-year, comprehensive watershed plan (Overall Plan).
In developing the Overall Plan, the Board of Managers was assisted by an Advisory Committee. They held a series of public informational m eetings throughout the District to gather input directly from residents and na tural resource management agen cies on specific watershed-wide and subwatershed problems. The meetings served to inform the public on the responsibilities and authorities of the Watershed District and to better acquaint the Board with the area and its residents. The District also followed the guidelines of the Red River Mediation process in addressing both flood damage reduction (FDR) and natural resources enhancement (NRE) opportunities in the development and implemen tation of watershed projects. The Board recognizes that the majority of damage reducti on strategies can significantly improve natural systems if designed and constructed with environmental goals in mind.
This revised overall plan includes a general description of the District and its water resources. It outlines the problems known to exist in the District, potential solutions, and the policies the Board intends to follow. This plan is intended to be a guide for the Board and other local, state and federal agencies for implementing watershed projects and policies with in the District. The plan is aimed at identifying problems on a subwatershed basis and developing solutions for implementation.
Some of the problems identified include:
- Flooding of agricultural land
- Flood damages to public and private property
- Erosion and sedimentation
- Water quality impairment
- Loss of fish and wildlife habitat
- Limited recreational opportunities
Some of the potential solutions and implementation items include:
- Impoundments, levees and drainage system modifications
- Acquisition and relocation of structures
- Wetland and watercourse restorations
- Buffer and filter strips
- Enhanced public education and outreach
- Watershed permitting programs
The overall goal of the Board is to make the wisest possible use and conservation decisions for the District's water and other related resources. This revised overall plan is intended to be the guide for the accomplishment of this goal.