Beginning on May 4, 2021 URRWMO meetings will be held in person at Oak Grove City Hall in Council chambers. Previous meetings had been held virtually. The meeting location is always posted on each meeting agenda. Agendas are posted to this website approximately 7 days in advance of each meeting.Proposed Watershed Plan Amendment - The URRWMO is proposing an amendment to its watershed management plan. Anyone is welcome to provide comments by emailing email@example.com by 4:30pm on May 4, 2021 or attending the public hearing. The URRWMO will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendment at its May 4, 2021 meeting at 6:30pm at Oak Grove City Hall in Council Chambers.
Rum River One Watershed One Plan - The URRWMO is participating in the Rum River One Watershed One Plan development. This plan prioritizes water management work throughout the entire Rum River watershed from Mille Lacs Lake to the Mississippi River. The URRWMO covers only a portion of this area. Through this planning effort we are able to coordinate and collaborate with counties, soil and water conservation districts, and watershed organizations throughout the basin. Upon completion of the plan the State provides grant dollars to implement the highest ranking projects.
The URRWMO is a joint powers organization including the Cities of St. Francis, Oak Grove, Nowthen, Bethel, and portions of East Bethel. A small corner of Ham Lake also falls within the URRWMO. The WMO Board is made up of representatives from each of these cities.
This organization seeks to maintain the quality of area lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater, and other water resources across municipal boundaries. Resources of particular importance to the URRWMO include the Rum River, Seelye Brook, Ford Brook, Cedar Creek, and numerous ditches that drain to the Rum River. This stretch of the Rum River is designated as a state Scenic and Recreational Waterway. Lake George and East Twin Lakes, the primary recreation lakes in the watershed, are also of high priority, in addition to many smaller lakes and wetlands.
Work of the URRWMO is guided by its 10-year Watershed Management Plan. That work primarily includes water quality and hydrology monitoring, public outreach, and water quality improvement projects. A number of important tasks are completed by the member cities, including permitting and stormwater system maintenance.