Thief River Watershed One Watershed One Plan (1W1P)

Thief River One Watershed, One Plan

The Thief River watershed is one of seven areas that are participating in the second round of One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) projects that have been approved by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Several local agencies, including the Red Lake Watershed District, Pennington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Marshall County SWCD, and the Beltrami County SWCD are working together to create a single plan for the watershed. 

Cooperation throughout multiple, connected jurisdictions is important because water management in Beltrami County affects the waters of Marshall County. Water management in Marshall County, in turn, affects the waters of Pennington County. Participation in the 1W1P Program will benefit the LGUs by combining our planning efforts and reducing redundancy in time and dollars used for plan writing and meetings.  Counties and SWCDs attend planning meetings and sit on committees for the RLWD Water Plan. Staff from the RLWD attends planning meetings for county water plans.

The 1W1P will establish clear implementation timelines, milestones and cost estimates for restoration and protection activities. Combining multiple water planning efforts into one effort will create a more efficient and cooperative plan for water management. Plans will include goals and implementation actions that are prioritized and targeted on a watershed basis with measurable results, instead of the present individual plans that are restricted to political boundaries.

Draft Thief River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) documents have been written and are being prepared for public review. Completed reports and other resources that provide information about the Thief River Watershed can be found on the Thief River Documents page.  

One Watershed One Plan Information

1W1P Fact Sheet (BWSR)

BWSR 1W1P Website

News & Updates

  • There will be a Thief River One Watershed One Plan meeting on December 12, 2018. The Advisory Committee and Planning Work Group meeting will start at 9:00 am and the Policy Committee will meet afterward. An informational presentation from Ellingson Drainage about tile drainage is being organized for the beginning of the Advisory Committee and Planning Work Group meeting. 
  • On November 14, 2018, the policy committee, planning work group, and advisory committee met at the Grygla Community Center. The progress/direction of the project, PTMApp Model, Section 4 of the plan, actions table, and Section 5 of the plan were discussed. 
  • Public meetings were held on January 9th, 2018 in Thief River Falls and January 10th, 2018 in Grygla (Public Meeting Flyer, Photos from the meeting). 

Thief River 1W1P Documents and Links

Meeting Agendas and Materials

Policy Committee Members 

Advisory Committee Members 

Planning Team Contacts:

Beltrami County Soil and Water Conservation District:  Zachrie Gutknecht -

Houston Engineering, Inc.:  Drew Kessler -

Marshall County Environmental Services:  Josh Johnston -

Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation District:  Darren Carlson -

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR):  Matt Fischer -

Pennington County Soil and Water Conservation District:  Peter Nelson -

Red Lake Watershed District:  Myron Jesme -

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