Managing the watershed of the Red River of the North from a basin-wide perspective
Welcome to the Red River Watershed Management Board (RRWMB) website. The RRWMB’s jurisdiction and authority encompasses the area managed by the individual watershed districts that have membership on the Board. Eight watershed districts within the Red River Valley form the RRWMB including the Joe River, Two Rivers, Roseau River, Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers, Red Lake, Sand Hill River, Wild Rice, and Bois de Sioux.
The RRWMB was created by an act of the Minnesota legislature in 1976 to provide an organization with a basin-wide perspective concerning flooding. Historically, the activities of the RRWMB have centered on flood control. Previous efforts in dealing with the flooding problem within the Red River Basin consisted of single projects within a localized area, planned with primary regard to local benefits. The RRWMB actively promotes a basin-wide perspective for water management.
The tool, called the Prioritize, Target & Measure Application, or “PTMApp”, developed by the International Water Institute and Houston Engineering, is a LIDAR-based prioritization, target, and measure application that helps identify down to an individual field scale (40-120 acres) where the highest sediment and nutrient exports are occurring within a watershed.
For 33 years, Dan Thul has been an invaluable resource for the Red River Watershed Management Board and its members. As Red River Coordinator for the RRWMB and Beltrami County Area Hydrologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Thul has answered lots of questions about county, city and township administered floodplain and shoreland management; made sure several dams are safe and operated responsibly; and issued plenty of permits for work in the bed of public waters, as well as appropriations of water from surface/ground water sources.
The next meeting of the RRWMB will be held prior to the Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Red Lake Watershed District, 1000 Pennington Ave S, Thief River Falls, MN.
Following the board meeting, the Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Red Lake Watershed District office.
The 19th Joint Annual Conference of the Red River Watershed Management Board (RRWMB) and Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group (RRBFDRWG) has been scheduled for March 22 and 23, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead.
The annual conference is a venue for those involved with flood mitigation to foster partnerships, and brings together representatives from local watersheds, state and federal agencies, and soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) to discuss flood damage reduction efforts.
Specific agenda and registration information will be available in January 2017.
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