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2015 - 2025 Watershed Management Plan

Valley Branch Watershed District
2015-2025 Watershed Management Plan

Table of Contents


Section 1 | Section 2 | Section 3 | Section 4 | Section 5 | Section 6


Complete Plan in .PDF format (192 MB)
Complete Table of Contents in .PDF format
Credits page
List of Acronyms
1.0 Executive Summary
  1.1 Section 2 – Introduction
  1.2 Section 3 – Land and Water Resources Inventory  
  1.3 Section 4 – Issues, Mission, and Policies  
         
2.0 Introduction
  2.1 The Role of Watershed Districts  
  2.2 VBWD Location and History  
  2.3 VBWD Vision and Mission  
  2.4 Management Structure  
         
3.0 Land and Water Resource Inventory
  3.1 Watersheds and Drainage Patterns  
  3.2 Climate and Precipitation  
  3.3 Land Use and Land Cover  
  3.4 Topography  
  3.5 Soils  
  3.6 Geology  
  3.7 Hydrogeology and Groundwater  
  3.8 Surface Water Systems  
  3.9 Water Quality  
  3.10 Water Quantity and Flooding  
  3.11 Natural Communities and Rare Species  
  3.12 Fish and Wildlife Habitat  
  3.13 Scenic and Recreational Areas  
  3.14 Pollutant Sources  
         
 

Tables

   
  Table 3-1 Precipitation Data for Twin Cities Metro Area  
  Table 3-2 Summary of Comprehensive Plans  
  Table 3-3 Summary of Shoreland Ordinances
  Table 3-4 Summary of Impaired Waters Within or Adjacent to the VBWD
  Table 3-5 Summary of Flood Insurance Studies
  Table 3-6 National Heritage Information System Communities in the VBWD
  Table 3-7 Summary of MDNR Fisheries Activities
  Table 3-8 MDNR Ecological and Management Classifications of VBWD Lakes
  Table 3-9 Public Boat Accesses, Swimming Beaches, and Public Lands on VBWD Waterbodies
         
  Figures    
  Figure 3-1 VBWD Watershed Boundaries and Flood Control Systems  
  Figure 3-2 VBWD Major Subwatersheds  
  Figure 3-3 Climate Summary for the Twin Cities Metro Area  
  Figure 3-4 VBWD Land Cover – Minnesota Land Cover Classification System  
  Figure 3-5 Metropolitan Council Current (2010) Land Use  
  Figure 3-6 Metropolitan Council Estimated Future (2030) Land Use  
  Figure 3-7 Metropolitan Urban Services Area  
  Figure 3-8 Topography and Steep Slopes  
  Figure 3-9 Hydrologic Soil Groups  
  Figure 3-10 Groundwater Sensitivity and Wellhead Protection Areas  
  Figure 3-11 Surficial Geology  
  Figure 3-12 VBWD Monitoring Well Locations  
  Figure 3-13 VBWD Historic Well Data  
  Figure 3-14 Public Waters Inventory  
  Figure 3-15 National Wetland Inventory  
  Figure 3-16 Summary of Minnesota Biological Survey Features  
  Figure 3-17 MDNR Metro Conservation Corridors  
  Figure 3-18 Recreational and Scenic Areas  
  Figure 3-19 Sources of Potential Pollution  
         
4.0 Overall Issues, Goals and Policies
  4.1 Surface Water Quality  
  4.2 Groundwater Management  
  4.3 Public Education and Public Involvement  
  4.4 Stream Management and Restoration  
  4.5 Stormwater Runoff Management  
  4.6 Wetland, Habitat, and Shoreland Management  
  4.7 Water Level and Floodplain Management  
  4.8 Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control  
  4.9 Administration and Funding  
  4.10 References  
 
5.0 Subwatershed Management Plans
  5.1 Silver Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.2 Acorn (Mud) Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.3 Echo Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.4 Weber Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.5 Long Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.6 Capaul’s Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.7 Lake DeMontreville Watershed Management Plan  
  5.8 Lake Olson Watershed Management Plan  
  5.9 Lake  Jane Watershed Management Plan  
  5.10 Beutel Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.11 Raleigh Creek Watershed Management Plan  
  5.12 Eagle Point Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.13 Lake Elmo  Watershed Management Plan  
  5.14 Downs Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.15 Horseshoe Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.16 West Lakeland Storage Site Watershed Management Plan  
  5.17 Rest Area Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.18 Fahlstrom Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.19 Lake Edith Watershed Management Plan  
  5.20 Valley Creek Watershed Management Plan  
  5.21 Sunnybrook Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.22 Klawitter Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.23 Cloverdale Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.24 McDonald Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.25 Sunfish Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.26 Friedrich’s Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.27 Legion Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.28 Bay Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.29 Goose Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.30 Clear Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.31 Goetschel Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.32 Mergens Pond  Watershed Management Plan  
  5.33 Rose Lake Watershed Management Plan  
  5.34 Kramer Pond Watershed Management Plan  
  5.35 Barton Pit Watershed Management Plan  
  5.36 St. Croix River Watershed Management Plan  
5.37 Kelle’s Coulee Watershed Management Plan
5.38 Swede Hill Creek Watershed Management Plan
         
6.0 Implementation
  6.1 Responsibilities  
  6.2 VBWD Implementation Program  
  6.3 Impacts on Local Governments  
  6.4 Plan Approval and Adoption  
  6.5 Plan Revision and Amendment