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Plan in development for Nemadji Watershed


Carlton County, Pine County and Carlton and Pine Soil and Water Conservation Districts have announced plans to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for the Nemadji Watershed. The planning process known as One Watershed, One Plan or 1W1P, aligns local water planning based on major watershed boundaries. The goal is to develop local strategies that are prioritized, targeted and measurable. As part of the planning effort, a watershed tour and open house will be held on Friday, July 12 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm starting and ending at the Historic Scott House in Carlton, MN. Refreshments and lunch will be provided using ingredients sourced from the watershed.

“One of the great things about the Nemadji Watershed is how much food is grown here,” explains Melanie Bomier from the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District. “Between the many Community Supported Agriculture farms, beef and pork producers, the Nemadji plays an important role in feeding the region.”

A watershed is defined as an area of land where all the water drains to the same place. The Nemadji Watershed flows north east from its headwaters in Minnesota to Lake Superior in Superior, Wisconsin. It covers the south eastern portion of Carlton County and the north eastern portion of Pine County.

Residents and those who recreate within the watershed are invited to attend the tour to learn more about the Nemadji Watershed, the 1W1P process, and to have an opportunity to provide input on the priorities and concerns within the watershed. Space for the bus tour is limited, so those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting Melanie at the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District (218-384-3891) or registering online at:

Those wishing to attend only the open house lunch starting at 1:00 are also asked to RSVP.

The 1W1P program was developed during the Local Government Water Roundtable in 2011, which recommended local governments that were already charged with the water management responsibility develop water plans based on a watershed scale. That recommendation was developed into the One Watershed, One Plan legislation which was signed into law in 2015.

For more information about the Nemadji Watershed planning effort, you can visit the planning website at:


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