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The North Cannon River
Watershed Management Organization (NCRWMO) is a governmental unit
created in 1983 through a joint powers agreement between the eight
townships and 3 small cities in Dakota County that are located within
in the Cannon River Watershed (see watershed
map). The NCRWMO's Board of Managers is comprised of one
primary and one alternative representative from each of these eleven
communities: Castle Rock Township, Douglas Township, Eureka Township,
Greenvale Township, Hampton Township, Randolph Township, Sciota
Township, Waterford Township, city of Miesville, city of New Trier, and
the city of Randolph.
The NCRWMO covers 95,577 acres (149.3 miles), including the
sub-watersheds of Chub Creek, Mud Creek, Pine Creek, Trout Book, and
the Cannon River from Northfield to Lake Byllesby.
The NCRWMO's Watershed
Management Goals, as identified within the current Watershed Management
Plan, are as follows:
The NCRWMO's Watershed Management Goals, as identified within the
current Watershed Management Plan, are as follows:
- Natural Area Protection:
To promote the protection, expansion, and restoration of high
qualitynatural areas throughout the watershed including wetlands,
woodlands, prairies, and riparian corridors (preferably in large
contiguous tracts of land) for the betterment of water-based
recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, and water quality.
- Wetlands: To protect
wetlands from destruction or deterioration due to development,
agriculture, and other adverse activities.
- Groundwater: To protect
groundwater quality and quantity.
- Soil Erosion: To reduce
soil erosion throughout the watershed.
- Surface Water and In-stream Habitat
Quality: To protect and improve the surface water quality
and in-stream habitat of streams, rivers, and lakes such that each
water body is fully supporting for its use designation according to
Water Quality Standards (MN Rules Chapter 7050) and
PCA's Water Quality Criteria - Aquatic Life Use Support in Rivers and
- Surface Water Quantity: To
decrease the rate and volume of water that may contribute to
flooding or non-point source pollution from overland runoff and/or
- Development: To protect
groundwater, surface water, wetlands, and natural areas from
accelerated development pressures.
- Information and Education:
To inform landowners, children, and local units of government,
about the watershed and human impacts on water quality and quantity,
and to invite public
participation in watershed management processes.
- Evaluation: To evaluate
the NCRWMO and its member communities on their progress towards
meeting the goals and performing the strategies outlined in this plan.