Water Planning & Wetlands

Establishing a Plan

The Local Water Management Plan (PDF) (LWM Plan) was adopted by the Nicollet County Board of Commissioners at the September 25, 2018 meeting as required by State Statute Chapter 103B. The Local Water Resource Management Plan is based on citizen comments, a citizen survey, and the Priority Concerns Scoping Document which has been reviewed by citizens, local, state, and federal agencies. The goals and objectives can now proceed with implementation as circumstances present themselves. The Nicollet County Local Water Management Planning and Implementation Task Force (PDF) are appointed by the county Board of Commissioners to assist with the plan implementation. This committee consists of citizens, local technical staff, and state and federal agency representatives.

Wetland Management

Wetlands are important for many reasons:

  • In dry times, they release water and help creeks maintain steady flows.
  • They enhance the value of neighboring properties.
  • They help with flood control.
  • They provide food, shelter, or nesting habitat for wildlife.
  • They provide recreation such as hiking, bird watching, canoeing and fishing.
  • Vegetation dampens wave action along lakes and slows the velocity of water in rivers.
  • Wetland plant roots stabilize soil and help prevent soil erosion.
  • Wetland root systems and soils can filter pollutants out of rainwater and snow melt.

Because wetlands are so varied and unique, they are one of the most diverse and biologically rich ecosystems. Find additional information on wetlands and regulations pertaining to wetlands in Nicollet County below:

View Types of Pollutants (PDF) related to water quality and water resources.