Watershed Management Plan & Reports

The Sunrise River WMO's activities and priorities are guided by their watershed management plan. The plan is developed with involvement from other water resource agencies, SRWMO member communities, and the public. The SRWMO's current plan was adopted June 3, 2010 and expires December 31, 2019.

Watershed Plan Update

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING:  Wed, December 19, 2018 at 9:00am at Columbus City Hall the SRWMO will hold a meeting of its technical advisory committee to discuss watershed planning.  A quorum of SRWMO board members may be present for discussion, but no decisions will be made.

In 2018-2019 the SRWMO is updating its Watershed Management Plan.  This plan is valid for 10-years.  It sets priorities, measurable goals, a schedule of work, and expected expenditures.  The expected completion of the new Plan is December 2019.  Opportunities to provide input to the Watershed Management Plan include:

  1. Attend our May 24, 2018 public input meeting at 6:30pm at the Coon Lake Beach Community Center.
  2. Serve on our Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC).  The SRWMO will call upon the CAC to advise priorities, goals and work plans through periodic meetings and opportunities for review and comment by email.  CAC members will get regular email updates on planning progress.  All attendees of the May 24 public input meeting will be considered CAC members unless they opt out.  Others are invited to join the CAC by contacting Jamie Schurbon at 763-434-2030 ext. 12.
  3. Attend a regularly scheduled SRWMO meeting.  While not required, if possible please give us advance notice of your attendance so we can reserve time on the agenda for you.  You may do so by contacting Jamie Schurbon at 763-434-2030 ext. 12.
  4. Drafts of the plan, once prepared, will be posted on this website.
  5. Direct questions or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 763-434-2030 ext. 12

Draft watershed plan materials will be posted at this location as they become available.  DRAFT materials currently available:

        Public input kickoff meeting and public officials tour summary

        SRWMO Board evaluation of current watershed plan and vision for new plan

        Review of other relevant watershed plans and rules

        Priorities summary for discussion at Aug 2, 2018 meeting

Selected Priority Issues



 SRWMO Annual Reports

Each year the SRWMO produces an annual report pursuant to Minnesota Rules 8410.0150. That includes activities, progress toward goals, and finances. Reports for each year are completed by mid-April of the following year.  Click the year below to view each report.

     2017  2016  2015    2014   2013   2012  2011    2010 

SRWMO Joint Powers Agreement

The Sunrise River WMO is a joint powers organization consisting of the communities of Columbus, East Bethel, Ham Lake, and Linwood. Through the SRWMO the communities jointly and cooperatively manage water resources, particularly those that flow across municipal boundaries. The organization is operated by a board of managers consisting of two representatives from each community. The SRWMO Joint Powers Agreement provides rules and procedures for operation of the SRWMO.

Joint Powers Agreement


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    Coon Lakeshore

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    Carp barrier at Martin Lake

  • Carp netting at Typo Lake

    Carp netting at Typo Lake

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    Lake transparency measurement

  • Creek between Island and Martin Lakes

    Creek between Island and Martin Lakes

  • Typo Creek

    Typo Creek