Local Water Management


(A Natural Resources Block Grant Program)

Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan

Pennington County actively participates in the management of local water resources through a Comprehensive Local Water Plan.  The first Pennington County Water Plan was established and completed in 1990 and has been updated three times since then; 1996, 2002, and in 2010.  Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 110B, allows counties to identify water related issues through the working relationship with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).  The county receives state funding through the Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) provided by BWSR to implement strategies and work items identified in the Water Plan.


The Pennington SWCD and Pennington County are participating in the Pilot

One Watershed One Plan.  Find out more information on the One Watershed

One Plan by clicking the button below.

One Watershed One Plans

The next generation of waterplans in Minnesota is the One Watershed One Plan, that is based on major watershed boundaries.  Local Units of Government partner together to develop and implement these plans that use prioritize, target and measurement strategies.  The One Watershed One Plan replaces the Local Water Management Plan.  The Red Lake River One Watershed One Plan is now complete.  The Thief River Watershed One Watershed One Plan is being developed.