Local Water Management
The Lac qui Parle Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan was first adopted in 1992. The current water plan is the County's fourth generation Water Plan. The Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District is responsible for administering and implementing the County's Water Plan. The Water Plan is reviewed annually and priorities are set. Priorities are set by the Plan Coordinator with the assistance of the County Resource Commission.
The Yellow Medicine River Watershed has been selected by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) as one of the five pilot areas for the One Watershed, One Plan program. This program allows counties to transition from county-based water management planning to watershed-based planning. The planning area for the Yellow Medicine River One Watershed, One Plan includes a drainage area of over 438,400 acres. The Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, and Yellow Medicine County Boards of Commissioners and their respective SWCD Boards of Managers, along with the Yellow Medicine River Watershed District and Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects, Inc., have all given their support to the planning effort and have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the sole purpose of undertaking this process.
The full plan is available for viewing and download on the Area 2 website.