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Water Planning / Wetlands


Kandiyohi County Environmental Services

400 Benson Avenue SW

Willmar, MN  56201 

Gary Geer-  Director of Environmental Services       

Kristi Caspers - Department Secretary

320-231-6229  ext.5252 


Kandiyohi County Comprehensive

Local Water Plan

Click the links below to download

Public Notice (2/2018): One Watershed One District

Kandiyohi County Water Plan (2013-2023)

Wetland Conservation Act Fact Sheet

Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act Forms and Guidance

Projects Cost-Shared through the Water Planning Task Force:

Installation, Operational & Maintenance costs for County aerated lakes.

Sealing of Abandoned Wells

Educational Activities

Water Testing & Sampling on Lakes and Watersheds

Wetland Restorations

Diagnostic/Feasibility Studies

Removal of Nuisance Weeds

Control Structures

Erosion Control Practices for Landowners & Governmental Units

Natural Resources Block Grants

Application for Funds Relating to Water Issues

Application for A I S Funds

Block Grant Application



See Also

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Wetland Conservation Act Fact Sheet

County Comprehensive Local Water Management

What is the Kandiyohi County Comprehensive Water Management Plan?

In 1989, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to develop a Comprehensive Local Water Plan, according to Minnesota Statutes 110B. The plan was to serve two purposes. The first was to identify existing and potential problems and opportunities for the protection, management, and development of water and related land resources. The second purpose was to develop goals, objectives and a work plan to implement programs and strategies to promote the sound management of water and land resources and land use. The original Comprehensive Local Water Plan was approved by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and officially adopted by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners in 1991. Since then, Kandiyohi County has revised its Water Plan in 1996, 2002, and 2007 (which expired on December 2012). The Kandiyohi County Environmental Services Department is responsible for administering the County’s Water Plan.

Pursuant to the requirements of the law, this Kandiyohi County Water Plan:

    • Covers the entire area of Kandiyohi County;
    • Addresses water problems in the context of watershed units and groundwater systems;
    • Is based upon principles of sound hydrologic management of water, effective environmental protection and efficient management;
    • Is consistent with comprehensive water plans prepared by local watershed management organizations and neighboring counties; and
    • Will serve as a 10-year water plan (2012-2022), with a 5-year implementation plan (2013 – 2017). In 2017, the implementation plan will be updated.

Kandiyohi County will continue to build on its past accomplishments and encourage new programs and opportunities for the effective management and protection of its water and land resources. The Comprehensive Local Water Plan is reviewed annually by the Water Task Force which sets priorities annually for the upcoming year when the Natural Resources Block Grant is submitted to BWSR by the Water Plan Coorsdinator. 

What is the Water Planning Task Force?

The Kandiyohi County Water Planning Task Force (KCWPTF) is made up of 20 individuals appointed by the County Board.  The KCWPTF will ensure coordination and implementation of the Kandiyohi County Comprehensive Water Management Plan through the task force.

These 20 individuals represent local government units, sportsman groups, lake associations, and  various agricultural and commercial businesses that deal in both groundwater and surface waters in the County.  The task force meets at a minimum of four times per year.

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Kandiyohi County Water Planning Cost-Share Program

The State of Minnesota annually provides grant dollars along with a match from the County to implement the Comprehensive Water Plan.

These grant dollars have been made available to individuals, organizations, and local government units to cost-share projects which address surface and groundwater issues.

Applicants requesting funds from the task force have to fill out a one page application describing their project and the amount requested.  The applicant presents the application to the task force at their regularly scheduled meeting.

The cost-share program may pay 50% of the total cost of the project no to exceed $3000 per project.  The amount the applicant requests has to be matched in in-kind services or cash on a one for one basis.  The task force provides recommendation to the County Board for either approval or denial for the request for funds from the applicant.

Applications for the cost-share program can be picked up at the Kandiyohi County Environmental Service Office or call (320) 231-6229. 

Application for Funds Form.

For more information, please contact Gary Geer - Kandiyohi County Environmental Services


All programs and assistance are available without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, marital status, or disability

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