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Zumbro Watershed Partnership - Educational/Recreational Site Design & Cost of Fast Water Study

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The Zumbro Watershed Partnership (ZWP) is a citizen-driven, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote land practices that protect and slow the flow of water into the Zumbro River and its tributaries.

To personally connect citizens with their river resource, ZWP has proposed plans for public sites where citizens can learn to play an active role in reducing flooding and pollution. Three sites in the Zumbro River watershed have been identified to serve as models for designing educational and recreational enhancements.

A companion project is ZWP’s “cost of fast water study.” An initial analysis has been compiled to estimate the public financial costs (erosion, sedimentation, flooding, infrastructure, and road damage) of Olmsted County’s current water system to get an idea of what current water management policies are costing taxpayers. ZWP will use these data to develop a case for a more sustainable approach to water management.



A site selection matrix has been developed by the partners that includes criteria in the areas of environmental impact, educational and recreational opportunities, community support, and ease of implementation. As part of the review, an ecological ranking tool that was developed by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources with funds from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) will be used. The tool helps to prioritize tracts for conservation practices by identifying risks for soil erosion and characteristics of high habitat quality.


SERP FY2013-14 spent: $41,508

SERP additional allocated: $7,860

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