Rainy - Rapid Watershed Planning
60-Day Plan Review
The Rainy-Rapid Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan is complete and will now be submitted to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for final approval.
Download the final documents below.
Maps and Resources
Scroll down to see maps of altered watercourses, impaired waters, land cover, etc….
What is Watershed-based Planning?
About the Rainy-Rapid Watershed Planning Area
The Rainy-Rapid Watershed Planning Area is a combination of the western portion of the Lower Rainy River Major Watershed and the entire Rapid River Major Watershed. Planning partners involved agreed to go with a modified watershed boundary in order to simplify the planning and implementation for this region.
Active planning partners are Lake of the Woods County and Lake of the Woods Soil and Watershed Conservation District. Lake of the Woods SWCD has received a planning grant which started in January 2022. This funding is used for the plan development. The goal is to have a plan completed by mid-summer of 2023. Upon completion of the plan, the Partners can seek watershed-based implementation funding through the Clean Water Funds. Advisory members of the planning process include Koochiching County and SWCD, Beltrami County and SWCD, and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.