Managing the watershed of the Red River of the North from a basin-wide perspective


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Red River Watershed Management Board

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.

Annual Conference Highlights!

The Red River Watershed Management Board (RRWMB) and Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group (FDRWG) recently held their 20th Annual Joint Conference on March 21 and 22, 2018. Approximately 175 individuals registered for the event, which was held at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Moorhead. Below are some highlights from the conference

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Fact Sheets

The RRWMB provides a unified voice for flooding, comprehensive water management, and natural resources issues at a basin level. The RRWMB provides lobbying services, tracking of regulatory issues, coordinates legal services for issues affecting all its members, and cost-shares for stream gauging efforts. For investments and levy information click here.

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Upcoming Meeting

Special Meeting Date IconThe RRWMB Legislative Committee will meet Monday, October 15, 2018 at 1 PM at the Red Lake Watershed District office. The meeting notice can be found here.

Special Meeting IconThe next scheduled meeting of the Red River Watershed Management Board will be held at the Roseau River Watershed District, 714 6Th Street Southwest, Roseau, MN (note the address change - for a map click here) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM. To dowload a copy of the meeting packet, click here.

Lunch will be provided immediately after the meeting. A tour of the Whitney Lake flood damage reduction project will be held by the RRWMB Managers after lunch. More details about the tour will be provided at the meeting.

Calendar DAteA special meeting of the Red River Watershed Management Board (RRWMB) will be held in the basement of Bremer Bank in Warren, MN at 202 West Johnson Avenue on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM. The meeting notice can be found here.

Looking Ahead - Regular Monthly Meeting Dates - Location TBD

November 20, 2018
December 18, 2018


What's new at the RRWMB?

2017 Annual Audit for the RRWMB

The annual audit for 2017 is now available online. To view a copy, click here.

It Started with a Meeting at the Warren Fire Hall

RRWMB Administrator Naomi Goral recently met with Don Ogaard, the visionary who created the Red River Watershed Management Board in 1976. Ogaard celebrated his 90th birthday in 2016. This is Don Ogaard's story...  more>>

Mr. Finney Goes to Washington DC

John FinneyJohn Finney, President of the Red River Watershed Management Board and Co-chair of the Red River Retention Authority presented testimony about watershed infrastructure projects in the Red River Valley at a hearing held by the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.   more>>

2016 Annual Report

The FY 2016 spending plan approved by the Work Group allocated $264,000 each fiscal year to support collaborative watershed-based efforts to implement the 1998 Mediation Agreement.  more>>

Red River Coordinator Looks Back at 33-Year Career

For 33 years, Dan Thul has been an invaluable resource for the Red River Watershed Management Board and its members. more>>

Project Update: North Ottawa Impoundment Project Complete

The North Ottawa Impoundment Project, developed by the Bois de Sioux Watershed District, is officially complete. more>>


An innovative technology solution is allowing water quality professionals to develop water quality plans and prioritize projects more accurately to receive state funding. more>>

River Rendezvous

The RRWMB is recognized in the International Water Institute’s recent edition of River Rendevous more>>

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Contact the RRWMB

Temporary Office Location
Physical Address
: 9 4th Ave E | Ada, MN 56510
Mailing Address: 11 5th Ave E | Ada, MN 56510
Telephone: (218) 784-9500
FAX: (218) 784-9502