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1.9 Plan Organization

While this Plan includes, for the watershed as a whole, all the elements required by Minnesota statute and administrative rule, the heart of this Plan is eleven subwatershed plans that set forth problems, issues, and solutions in detail.  The eleven subwatersheds are illustrated on Figure 2.

The Plan is divided into the following sections:


Provides a general overview of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the purpose of the Surface Water Management Act and the components of this watershed management plan. 

Land and Natural Resources Inventory

A physical inventory of the watershed, it includes a profile of the watersheds? existing environmental conditions.  This profile contains descriptions of the area's geology, topography, soils, biological and human environment, and current land use and projected land use to the year 2020.

Hydrologic Systems

Contains information necessary to understand the hydrologic system.  Information includes historic precipitation, the drainage system and watershed and subwatershed boundaries, wetlands, waterbodies, conveyance systems, and floodplains.  Surface water quality information and groundwater characteristics are included in this section.

Issues Identification

Provides an overview of priority issues identified in the planning process.  These generalized watershed issues are developed in more subwatershed-specific detail in each of the subwatershed plans.

Goals and Policies

Presents an overview of the 17 goals and associated policies developed by the Board of Managers to guide this plan.  These 17 goals provide the framework for the development of performance goals and standards in each of the subwatershed plans.

Implementation Program

Sets forth a plan of action for managing water resources in the watershed that includes proposed amendments to the regulatory program; expansion of operating programs including the Land Conservation Program; and a Capital Improvement Program.

Impact on Local Government

Discusses requirements of Local Surface Water Management Plans, annual reporting, and impact of this Plan on local governments.


Identifies the procedures for amending this plan.