Crow Wing County is seeking input from residents on the county’s comprehensive water plan, which will be updated in 2013.
Water planning is identifying what works best to protect and enhance the water resources all use and enjoy. The water plan document is a reflection of local priorities and the county reported it helps establish goals to preserve and protect local water resources.
Because of the local nature of the water plan, Crow Wing County is offering people an opportunity to provide input as part of the process. A letter with a link to a brief, 12-question online survey is being sent to all lakeshore property owners on lakes with county land use jurisdiction.
The county is also asking for feedback from people who may not live on a lake but would like to provide input regarding management of water resources. The link to the survey may be found at http://tinyurl.com/water-plan-survey1. A paper copy of the survey will also be available at the Environmental Services Office.
Based on public input, a draft revision of the water plan will be developed. In addition, there will be a public comment period and public hearing prior to adoption of the water plan.
“Crow Wing County is welcoming public input throughout this process and is specifically seeking feedback from all county residents about what they value and how they use the water resources within the County,” said Mitch Brinks, water protection specialist, in a news release.
Water management in Minnesota developed as a result of the statewide drought in the late 1970s, which caused the legislature to encourage more effort at the local level to develop and implement local water management plans to better preserve and protect water and related land resources. County water planning efforts began in earnest in the late 1980s as state funding assisted local units of government in developing their water plans.
Crow Wing County initially started the water planning process in 1990. The county’s current water plan was adopted in 2008 and is set to expire in 2013.
People are encouraged to contact the Environmental Services Office at 824-1125 or email@example.com to discuss land use and water protection activities. Crow Wing County information and resources can be found at www.co.crow-wing.mn.us.