What is the Project Team?
The Bois de Sioux Watershed District is a subwatershed ofthe Red River of the North
Basin. In December of 1998, many agencies and organizations signed the Red River
Basin Mediation Agreement which outlined how projects will be developed in the Red
River Valley in Minnesota. That agreement states that the districts within the basin will
attempt to balance each project design with Flood Damage Reduction (FDR) benefits and Natural Resource Enhancements (NRE). Part ofthat process requires that each district establish a Project Team for each project containing members from local, regional, state and federal agencies along with environmental organizations and local landowners.
The Bois de Sioux Direct Project Team is currently moving forward with the Watershed
Protection and Flood Prevention Program, commonly known as the PL-566 Watershed
Program. This program provides technical and financial assistance to state and local
governments and tribes through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to
reduce flooding, erosion/sediment issues, improve water quality and provide agricultural
water management. PL-566 projects are initiated and directed by Project Team Members who determine the purpose and needs of an area, which then leads to an economically sound solution. The planning involves hydrology, engineering designs, ecological effects and economic evaluations.
The Bois de Sioux Watershed District administers eight (8) Project Teams as follows:
1. North Ottawa
3. East Branch Twelve Mile Creek
4. West Branch Twelve Mile Creek
6. Rabbit River
7. Bois de Sioux Direct