Water Management Planning

Identifying & Assessing Priority Water Resource Concerns

The purpose of the Blue Earth County Water Management Plan is to identify and assess priority water resource concerns, develop goals and objectives to address priority concerns, and provide direction for Blue Earth County and Blue Earth County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) programs.

Priority Concerns

The Blue Earth County Water Management Plan is prepared by the County cooperatively with the SWCD with input from citizens and local units of government in the county. Written surveys, a public meeting and many workshops were used to identify the priority concerns for Blue Earth County. The priority concerns identified:
  • Ground water
  • Surface water
    • Impaired waters and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs)
    • Agricultural runoff, erosion, and pesticides
    • Feedlots, manure management
    • Urban development and stormwater runoff
  • Drainage ditches
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife
  • Ground water and surface water
    • Wastewater treatment - subsurface sewage treatment systems
    • Mercury, pesticides, and household hazardous waste

State Grant Programs

Since 1987 Minnesota Statutes have encouraged counties in Minnesota to prepare water management plans. (Minnesota Statutes sections 103B.301 to 103B.355). While the plans are voluntary, state grant programs require counties to have an adopted local water management plan that is updated periodically (between 5-10 years).