Water Quality and Water Plan
Protecting Our Resources
Water is the centerpiece of Crow Wing County. Our health, safety, and general welfare are all influenced in a large degree by our water resources. Protecting these resources is the primary purpose of our Environmental Services office. One of the ways we accomplish this is through effective water planning. Water planning is simply identifying what works best to protect and enhance Crow Wing County’s water resources. 2014 Water Protection Report (PDF)
We believe that landowners want to "do the right thing" to protect and manage their resources. The toolbox (PDF) shows the range of local, state, and federal resources available to assist you. Whether that is a simple site visit, a plan to better manage your forest, funding to restore a shoreline, or guidance in setting aside areas for conservation purposes, we’re here to help!
Lake Water Quality and Watershed Information Map - A map showing the lake water quality trend for the larger lakes in Crow Wing County. Users can click on the lake to pull up additional information, including links to water quality reports and factsheets as well as the lake association website.
Select a brochure to view/download.
- Water Plan Factsheet (PDF)
- CWC Watershed Protection Approach (PDF)
- Make a Difference for Your Lake (PDF)
- You Can Help Protect Our Waters (PDF)
- Water Plan Poster (PDF)
Pine River One Watershed, One Plan
Crow Wing County Water Plan
The Crow Wing County Land Services Department has been delegated authority by the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners to update and revise the Local Comprehensive Water Management Plan. This update and revision process includes an indentification of local priority water resouces concerns, objectives, and actions for implementing the plan. The plan also targets specific surface and ground water resources to focus implementation efforts on. A watershed based model was used that classified each watershed by the amount of protected land (public ownership, lakes, rivers, easements, wetlands on private lands) as well as by risk factor and water plan priority.
The Water Plan
- Part 1 Introduction (PDF)
- Part 2 Priority Concerns (PDF)
- Part 3 Implementation Background (PDF)
- Part 4 Implementation - Watershed Classification 1 (PDF)
- Part 5 Implementation - Watershed Classification 2 (PDF)
- Part 6 Implementation Priority Maps (PDF)
- Part 7 Mississippi River (PDF)
- Appendix 1 Crow Wing River Watershed Maps (PDF)
- Appendix 1 Mississippi River Brainerd Watershed Maps 1 (PDF)
- Appendix 1 Mississippi River Brainerd Watershed Maps 2 (PDF)
- Appendix 1 Mississippi River Brainerd Watershed Maps 3 (PDF)
- Appendix 1 Mississippi River Sartell and Rum River Watershed Maps (PDF)
- Appendix 1 Pine River Watershed Maps 1 (PDF)
- Appendix 1 Pine River Watershed Maps 2 (PDF)
- Appendix 2 Large Lake Assessments
- Appendix 3 Lake Water Quality Factsheets
- Appendix 4 Lakeshore Impervious Surface Research Study
- Appendix 5 - DNR Mississippi Report - Part 1 (PDF)
- Appendix 5 - DNR Mississippi Report - Part 2 (PDF)
- Appendix 5- DNR Mississippi Report - Part 3 (PDF)
- Appendix 5 - MHB Mississippi River Water Quality Report (PDF)
- Appendix 6 - Priority Concerns Scoping Document (PDF)
Crow Wing County distributes an electronic quarterly water plan newsletter.