The Buffalo-Red River Watershed Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (BRRW CWMP) was developed out of a statewide program known as the One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) authorized by statute (103B.801). It represents an effort to develop a single, concise, and coordinated approach to watershed management. This plan is written to guide local water managers and consolidates policies, programs and implementation strategies from existing data, studies and plans, and incorporates input from multiple planning partners to provide a single plan for management of the watershed. Previously, numerous county and watershed district plans were developed for different areas of this watershed with little attention paid to coordination at the watershed scale. This plan’s purpose is to build on existing plans and information to develop goals and targeted and measurable implementation actions to better manage water resources in this watershed.
The Buffalo-Red River Watershed One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) was reviewed and prescribed by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil (BWSR) on 10/28/20. Follow the links below to view the final Buffalo-Red River Watershed (BRRW) Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (CWMP) and Appendix.
Thank you on behalf of the members of the BRRW 1W1P LGUs:
The Counties of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin
The Becker, Clay, West Otter Tail and Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation Districts
The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District
1W1P Plan History and Background
The Buffalo-Red River Watershed (BRR) One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) planning area is located in the west central Minnesota. The approved boundary is the same as the Buffalo-Red Watershed District (BRRWD) Boundary as recommended to BWSR by the 1W1P Planning Committee. The planning area drains 1,785 square miles, contains all or parts of three major watersheds: Buffalo River, Otter Tail River, and Upper Red River, and encompasses parts of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties.
The Buffalo-Red River watershed is one of seven areas that are participating in the second round of 1W1P that has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). The BRRWD is working with local government agencies from Becker, Clay, Wilkin, and Otter Tail Counties to create a single plan for the watersheds. Cooperation throughout multiple, connected jurisdictions is important because water management in one county affects the waters of all the other counties. Participation in the 1W1P Program will benefit the LGUs by combining our planning efforts and reducing redundancy in time and dollars used for plan writing and meetings.
The 1W1P will establish clear implementation timelines, milestones and cost estimates for restoration and protection activities. Combining multiple water planning efforts into one effort will create a more efficient and cooperative plan for water management. Plans will include goals and implementation actions that are prioritized and targeted on a watershed basis with measurable results, instead of the present individual plans that are restricted to political boundaries.