Benton County Water Plan
Drought conditions seen throughout Minnesota in 1977 led to the enactment of the Comprehensive Local Water Management Act in 1985. This act encourages Counties to create and implement a water management plan for the County. In 1988, the Benton County Board of Commissioners felt the County needed to assess and protect water resources, and as a result, the first Benton County Water Management plan was approved in 1991.
The Local Water Management Plan works to identify priority water resource concerns in the County and lists goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes in improving the County’s water quality and quantity. Benton SWCD is currently working on writing a new Local
Water Management Plan, as the current plan is set to expire in 2018.
For more information on the Water Plan, please contact Amanda Guertin at 320-968-5300 Ext. 112
WATER RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE (WRAC)
The Water Resources Advisory Committee's (WRAC) mission is to provide coordination between units of government, citizens, and others involved in the protection, management, and improvement of the water resources in Benton County
The WRAC's Purpose is to:
- Advise the Benton SWCD regarding Comprehensive Local Water Mangement Plan review, adoption, implementation, and recommendation of amendments pursuant to Minnesota Statues section 103B.301-103B.335
- Inform the Benton County Board of Commissioners regarding water resources
Wade Bastian, Benton SWCD Supervisor, Vice Chair (2015-2017) Duane Cekalla, Member at-Large Joe Jordan, Elk River Watershed Association Warren Peschl, Benton County Board Commissioner Jim Rau, Little Rock Lake Association Steve Simones, Benton County Township Officers Association Lisa Vollbrecht, Benton County Municipalities Dale Vouk, Member at-Large Joe Wollak, Member at-Large, Chair (2015-2017)
Nicki Blake-Brakley, DNR Water Resources Chris Byrd, Benton County Public Works Dan Cibulka, Sherburne SWCD Jennifer Gallus, MDA Qater Quality Advisor Pat Gehling, NRCS Dirstict Conservationist Craig Gondeck, Member at-Large Beau Liddell, DNR Wildlife Gerry Maciej, Benton SWCD District Manager Steve Marod, DNR Fisheries Dan Martens, University of Minnesota Extension Service Mark McNamara, Benton County Planning and Zoning George Minerich, MDH Principal Planner Dave Neiman, Minnesota Rural Waters Assocation Craig Nelson, City of Sauk Rapids Public Utilities Director Nicole Ruhoff, Benton County Public Health Phil Votruba, MPCA Jason Weinerman, BWSR Board Conservationist
WRAC MEETING SCHEDULE
The Benton County WRAC is scheduled to meet the last Tuesday of the month from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Meetings are held in the County Board Room within the Benton County Government Center