The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) oversees County Local Water Management Planning State wide. Counties are ultimately responsible, but the Itasca County Board of Commissioners has delegated the management and implementation of the County Water Management Plan to the Itasca SWCD. The plan outlines County wide goals, objectives, and action items, for a ten-year period, to achieve the surface and ground water resource goals of the County. The current plan, which originally expired in 2017, has been extended until March 31st 2022. The extension was granted by BWSR, in order to allow time for completion and water plan incorporation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) reports for the four primary Itasca County watersheds. One condition of this extension is an amendment of the plan’s Executive Summary, Goals, Objectives, and Action Items, to be completed by December 31, 2018. Click here for the current “2012-2017 Itasca County Local Water Management Plan” a link to the update will be available January 2019.
The County Board of Commissioners appoints twelve “Water Plan Implementation Committee” (WPIC) members to assist the Itasca SWCD Board of elected Supervisors, in managing and implementing the Local Water Management Plan. Click here for a list of positions and representatives.