Who to contact? Protecting Water Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR): www.dnr.state.mn.us
Operates under the authority and laws of the Minnesota State Legislature. The primary agency responsible for Minnesota’s fish and wildlife resources. The website allows users to search databases for fishery surveys, management plan data, water chemistry data, recreational and topographic maps, and other information relative to a specific body of water. Also has valuable information on aquatic invasive species.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA): www.pca.state.mn.us
Operates under the authority and laws of the Minnesota State Legislature. Provides statewide monitoring of quality, regulatory controls for pollution as well as technical assistance and education regarding pollution control practices. Website includes information on the Citizen Lake and Citizen Stream Monitoring Programs, a variety of brochures, lists of the state’s impaired waters, and online tools for charting and interpreting lake data.
University of Minnesota Extension Service, Water Resource Center: wrc.umn.edu
- Onsite septic treatment program. Septic.coafes.umn.edu
- Shoreland management. www.shorelandmanagement.org
§ Training re: water quality monitoring, aquatic plant identification, and lakescaping. wrc.umn.edu/outreach/shore
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). www.bwsr.state.mn.us
Operates under the authority and laws of the Minnesota State Legislature.
Works through local governments to protect and enhance the state’s soil and water resources by implementing the state’s conservation policies, comprehensive local (county) water management plans and the Wetland Conservation Act. Website provides assistance in identifying local water-planners and district conservationists, or for those seeking technical assistance.
Contact your local city, township, or Pine County zoning regarding land use permits.