In 1995, the Metropolitan Land Planning Act was amended to require that each community’s comprehensive plan include a local water management plan. The local water management plan shows how the community protects and improves water quality and quantity, and contains:
A summary of the priorities and problems in the community,
Strategies and structural and nonstructural actions to take to address the priorities and problems, and
Clearly identified funding mechanisms to fix the problems.
Local water management plans are critical in helping the region meet the challenges of cost-effective management of water quality and quantity. The items in the Minimum Requirements section below are consistent with the requirements under the new Minnesota Rules Chapter 8410, adopted in July of 2015 and Minn. Stat. 103B.235. The items in the Get More Out of Your Plan section expand on those requirements and are intended to provide you with further direction.
Local water management plans are reviewed by the Council as part of the local comprehensive planning process prior to their approval by the appropriate watershed organization(s) and adoption by the community. The updated Minnesota Rules Chapter 8410 now require that all local water management plans must be updated anytime after December 31, 2016 and prior to December 31, 2018. Local water management plans must be submitted to the Council for review and the appropriate watershed organization(s) for approval.