Welcome to the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District

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Minnesota’s Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed encompasses 81 square miles, stretching along the St. Croix River from Stillwater Township to north of Scandia. An area known for its natural beauty, clean water and abundant habitat, the watershed is home to 31 lakes, three designated trout streams, hundreds of acres of wetlands and more than 17 miles of St. Croix River shoreline.

Formed in 1981 and expanded in 2007, the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District oversees a variety of projects and programs to assess and improve the health of our watershed. Follow the links above for details on our programs, the health of our water and how you can get involved in protecting this unique and beautiful area!

Loan Program to Replace Noncompliant Septic Systems

Washington County has financial assistance available to help residents replace noncompliant septic systems. The Washington County SSTS Low Interest Loan Program utilizes state funds from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to offer loans ranging from 1.5-3%, to replace noncompliant septic systems. The county is partnering with the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to administer the program.

District Completes 1st Year of Special Square Lake Monitoring

Hamline University Professor Leif Hembre presented his first year's summary report and data to the Watershed District Board at its meeting on February 19th.  Many Square Lake residents were also attending to hear about the clarity of the lake during the 2013 season and the conditions for an anticipated increase in daphnia population now that a trout stocking moritorium has been in place for over a year.  The report and data can be found under the "reports" button above.

District Approves Marine on St. Croix Plan

The Watershed District approved revisions to the Local Water Management Plan (LWMP) submitted by Marine on St. Croix at its last meeting.  The revisions were required under Mn. State Statute 103(b) after the Watershed District completed its new Plan in 2010.  The Marine Plan adopts all aspects of the CMSCWD Watershed Management Plan by reference and also paves the way for the creation of an alternative method of District permitting in certain areas of Marine.

Upcoming Meetings

The Board regular meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month in the Heritage Room of the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St. N., Scandia. On April 23, the Board will hold a Plan Amendment Workshop at 6:30 p.m. The next regular meeting is May 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. 

 

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