Mission Statement
The mission of the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District is to serve the residents of the District by wisely and judiciously managing water, in a manner that sustains and enhances the social, economic and natural resources of the District.  The District prefers the use of innovative water mangement methods, which recognize the unique agricultural, community, lake and stream, and natural resources within the District.  These innovative approaches as reflected by the policies of the District should be oriented toward ensuring the economic viability of the District’s agrarian community.

Board Meetings
The UMRWD Board of Managers meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

The next scheduled meeting will be held Tuesday, December 11th at 1:00pm at the District office located at 211 2nd Street SE in Ortonville.

The Upper Minnesota River Watershed District is one of Minnesota's 44 Watershed Districts.  Located at the headwaters of the Minnesota River, we were formed by petition by Big Stone County in 1967 and cover parts of Big Stone, Traverse, Swift, Lac qui Parle and Stevens counties.  Our district covers 505 square miles and includes lakes such as Big Stone, Marsh, Long Tom, Lyseng, Thielke, Bentson, Barry, Shible, and Otrey.

211 2nd Street SE | Ortonville, MN 56278
Phone: 320-839-3411 | Fax: 320-839-3313
This page was last updated: November 14, 2018
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--What's New--

Click here   for our most recent WRAPS Newsletter

​Click here for the 2017 Water Quality Data

The UMRWD Overall Plan  is now posted on our webpage under resources.

Whetstone River Restoration: New on the Projects page: Sample letter and sample email  to send to your legislators in support of the project!  Also take a look at the documents submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State and Federal legislators in support of the project.  Check out this map to see the locations of key elements of this project. 

Big Stone Lake Water Quality Report

Permit Filing Deadline: 
Permit applications are to be received a minimum of five business days prior to the next board meeting for consideration at that meeting. If requesting a permit for installing tile, all tile sizes and lengths must be in included on the permit; applications that do not include tile size and length will not be considered for approval. Please visit our Permitting link for additional information.
The Upper Minnesota River Watershed district makes great efforts to educate our youth as well as local stakeholders on the Earth's natural resources and how our District uses innovative  water management methods to keep water quality a top priority.
Check out the link below that area youth have used very successfully in learning about watersheds and natural resource conservation.