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.
Current Watershed Plan Materials:
- Watershed Management Plan
- MN Board of Water and Soil Resources Approval Order
- Buffer Additional Waters Plan Addendum (9-2017)
- SRWMO Data Practices Policy
Watershed Plan Update
In 2018-2019 the SRWMO is updating its Watershed Management Plan. This plan will be valid for 10-years. It sets priorities, measurable goals, a schedule of work, and expected expenditures during 2020-2029. The expected completion of the new Plan is December 2019.
A public hearing on the draft plan will occur August 1, 2019 at 6:30pm at East Bethel City Hall. Anyone is invited to attend and provide comments. Following the public hearing and any associated revisions, the draft plan will be sent to the MN Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) and other state review agencies for final approval consideration. Anyone who is not able to attend the public hearing is invited to provide comments to Jamie Schurbon or 1318 McKay Drive NE suite 300 Ham Lake, MN 55304 before the hearing. Mr. Schurbon may also be contacted by phone at 763-434-2030 ext. 12.
Draft 4th Generation SRWMO Watershed Management Plan (7-19-2019 version which incorporates responses to agency 60-day review comments):
Plan Guidance Documents:
- Lower St Croix One Watershed One Plan
- Anoka Sand Plain Partnership 10-Year Strategic Conservation Action Plan (to be available soon)
- Ditch 20 Wetland Restoration Feasibility Study to Benefit Downstream Water Quality
- Anoka County Geologic Atlas – Part A and Part B
- Sunrise River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load
- Sunrise Rive Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS)
- Anoka County Water Resources Report
- Coon Lake Stormwater Retrofit Analysis
- Sunrise River Watershed Study
- Martin and Typo Lake Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)
- Lake St. Croix TMDL Study
- Martin Lake Stormwater Retrofit
Previous opportunities to provide input to the Watershed Management Plan have included:
- May 24, 2018 public input meeting at 6:30pm at the Coon Lake Beach Community Center.
- SRWMO Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC). The SRWMO called upon the CAC to advise priorities, goals and work plans through periodic meetings and opportunities for review and comment by email. CAC members get regular email updates on planning progress. All attendees of the May 24 public input meeting are considered CAC members unless they opted out. Others are invited to join the CAC by contacting Jamie Schurbon at 763-434-2030 ext. 12.
- SRWMO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The SRWMO called upon technical experts from State agencies and the member communities to structure technical components of the plan. TAC meetings occurred August 22 and December 19, 2019. Thereafter, at least three email-based reviews and discussion of plan content occurred with the TAC, especially member community staff regarding SRWMO performance standards for wetland, stormwater, development, septic system and related local controls.
- 60-day official agency comment period that ended July 9, 2019. Stakeholders other than agencies were also provided the draft plan during this period and invited to comment.
- Public hearing August 1, 2019 at 6:30pm at East Bethel City Hall.
- Regularly scheduled SRWMO meetings. 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.
Interim planning work products:
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.
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.