The new comprehensive watershed plan development has aligned local water planning efforts to create a unified plan, resulting in a more effective and efficient resource management.
One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) is a program through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) that supports partnerships of local governments in developing prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plans. Key principles are planning at the major watershed level and aligning local plans with state strategies. Plans created through the 1W1P program are called comprehensive watershed management plans because they address water quality and quantity, groundwater, drinking water, habitat, recreation, and locally identified issues.
The underlying principle of watershed management is that people, land, and water are connected.
People use land in a variety of ways and affect ecosystems and ultimately their own communities for better or worse. Managing and protecting the environment while providing a high quality of life for people is a complex process that is most successful, when governing bodies, community members, and experts in various fields are true partners in the planning process.
A Joint Powers Board (JPB) was formed in July 2021 to start the 10-year implementation phase of the Two Rivers Plus Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan. Members of the JPB include Kittson and Roseau Counties and Kittson and Roseau SWCD's. A Work Plan will be developed every two years, showing current activities going on in the watershed area. Reports will be generated to visibly reveal the project and program outcomes and show measurable goal progress.