Dakota and Scott counties formed the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO) to implement the 2005 Watershed Plan. The Watershed Plan leads the development and implementation of policies, programs, and projects that protect and preserve water resources in the 335-square mile area that drains to the Vermillion River and its tributaries. The VRWJPO is governed by a three-member Joint Powers Board. A nine-member citizen advisory Watershed Planning Commission supports the Joint Powers Organization. Based on tax capacity, Dakota and Scott Counties jointly fund the administration and activities of the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization.
The Vermillion River Watershed is the largest watershed in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The Vermillion River travels through areas of rapid urban growth, agricultural land, and suburban residential land. The Vermillion River is a wonderful resource, providing many opportunities for people to get involved in its care, to learn about the environment and the ecosystems, and to enjoy the sport and relaxation that the river and watershed provide. Taking care of the resource today ensures that the river will continue to provide benefits to the community, including clean water; habitat for plants, insects, and animals; natural drainage; and a healthy quality of life.
Vermillion River Watershed Plan 2015
Updating the Vermillion River Watershed Plan
The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization is looking for public input on draft goals and objectives that are the framework for the next 10-year plan to improve water quality and overall health of the watershed.
The public will have three opportunities to attend a “community conversation” workshop, scheduled from 6–8 p.m. on the following dates:
- Nov. 19 at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings
- Dec. 3 at the Scott County Library, 110 J. Roberts Way, Elko New Market
- Dec. 11 at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St., Farmington
Community conversations offer an opportunity for people living in the watershed to review and comment on initiatives, suggest ways to achieve goals and provide perspectives about local impacts that the Joint Powers Organization Board will consider as the watershed plan is developed.
Each meeting will include discussions of water resource goals and objectives based on previous conversations with individuals and groups. Read the draft framework prior to the meeting - see attachment at the bottom of this page.
The Vermillion River Watershed Plan is a 10-year road map for managing water quality and quantity in the watershed. The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Board (VRWJPB), consisting of two Dakota County Commissioners and one Scott County Commissioner, adopted the first Watershed Plan in 2005. A newly revised Plan will be adopted in 2015. The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO) is preparing for this update by asking watershed residents and stakeholders about water issues and priorities for the next decade. Read More ...