Surface Water

The Council's Water Resources Policy Plan is intended to help ensure the "coordinated, orderly and economical development" of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Minn. Stat. Sec 473.851).

Surface water management

The Council's commitment to environmental stewardship is translated from the Water Policy Plan through Surface Water Management implementation strategies:

  • ​Reduce "nonpoint" and "point" source pollution into receiving waters.​
  • Decrease stormwater runoff.
  • Partner with state, federal, and local units of government.
  • Work with stakeholders to promote protection of water bodies.
  • Decrease adverse impact on water quality in the region.
  • Develop target pollution loads for the major watershed basins.

Assessing and protecting regional water resources

"The quality of the water leaving the metropolitan area is as good as the water quality entering the metropolitan area, and in compliance with federal and state regulations."

Progress toward achieving any water quality goal cannot be assessed without good data that measures change. The Council conducts special studies that look at aspects of water quality management and has an active database (Environmental Monitoring Data, known as EIMS) available to provide reports, condition assessments and trending. The Council:

  • Monitors ambient river, lakes and streams quality
  • Evaluates and assesses rivers, lakes and streams conditions using data collected in partnership with local, state and the public
  • Maintains and promotes "best management practices"

More about the Water Resources Management Policy Plan.