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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:
    1. 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.
    2. Wetlands: To protect wetlands from destruction or deterioration due to development, drainage, agriculture, and other adverse activities.
    3. Groundwater: To protect groundwater quality and quantity.
    4. Soil Erosion: To reduce soil erosion throughout the watershed.
    5. 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 Streams.
    6. 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 dewatering activities.
    7. Development: To protect groundwater, surface water, wetlands, and natural areas from accelerated development pressures.
    8. 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.
    9. Evaluation: To evaluate the NCRWMO and its member communities on their progress towards meeting the goals and performing the strategies outlined in this plan.