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Crow Wing, Cass counties seek comments on watershed plan

Crow Wing County, Cass County, and the Cass County and the Crow Wing County soil and water conservation districts are requesting public comment on the proposed Pine River One Watershed One Plan.

Map of the proposed Pine River One Watershed One Plan. Submitted info
Map of the proposed Pine River One Watershed One Plan. Submitted info. Click on the image to view the entire graphic.

Crow Wing County, Cass County, and the Cass County and the Crow Wing County soil and water conservation districts are requesting public comment on the proposed Pine River One Watershed One Plan.

The Pine River Watershed supplies 15 million people with clean drinking water, and includes more than 500 lakes; cities such as Backus, Pine River, Breezy Point and Crosslake; and parts of Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard counties.

"A watershed is an area of land where all of the water drains off and collects into the same place," Crow Wing County Environmental Services Supervisor Jake Frie said in a news release.

The voluntary program is administered through the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.

"The 1W1P is a new statewide program. The main goal is to align water planning along watershed boundaries and enhance the existing county water plans," Frie said.

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A 15-member voluntary advisory committee helped develop the plan. Partners will complete plan action items that are measurable and trackable to enhance and protect the watershed.

To view the Pine River 1W1P, visit www.crowwing.us/1w1p . Written comments will be accepted from Pine River Watershed residents until 5 p.m. May 6. They can be emailed to landservices@crowwing.us or mailed to 322 Laurel St., Suite 15, Brainerd MN 56401.

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