Fourth Generation Watershed Management Plan
In Fall 2021, the Commissions began working on their Fourth Generation Plan. The 60-day review period for the draft plan ended in January 2023 and a public hearing was held on February 9th. The plan is expected to be officially adopted at the Commissions' April or May meeting.
The Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act of 1982 required all land in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area to be divided into watersheds, each watershed to be overseen by a Watershed Management Organization (WMO), and each WMO to adopt a Watershed Management Plan. These plans must be updated at least every ten years.
The Commissions adopted their initial or First Generation Management Plans in 1990. Each Commission adopted a separate plan, although many policies and actions were similar. For the Second Generation Plan, adopted in May 2004, the two Commissions elected to develop a joint management plan. The Third Generation Plan was jointly completed and adopted in 2013. The Plan is periodically revised, as revisions are made to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) or when a policy change is made.
More information will be posted as we start on the public outreach process in fall 2022.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them here:
TAKE A LOOK, the final (90-day) draft of the Watersheds' Fourth Generation Watershed Management Plan is linked below.
As part of the Fourth Generation Plan, the Commissions completed a Self Assessment of their accomplishments during the period 2013-2022. Read about it here: Third Generation Plan Self Assessment