Cedar River Watershed District named best in the state

Pictured (left to right) are CRWD's project manager Cody Fox; administrator Justin Hanson; board member Mike Jones; and Luke Skinner with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Recognized for water quality and anti-flooding projects.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 3:29 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Cedar River Watershed District (CRWD) has been honored for its work to improve water quality and reduce local flooding.

It received the 2017 Watershed District of the Year at the annual convention of the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts in Alexandria.

“This is an incredible honor to be recognized at this level by our peers and partners,” says CRWD administrator Justin Hanson. “It’s a reflection of the hard work and team effort put forward by our staff and board but we would not be in this position without outstanding agricultural producers and landowners and other partners.”

The district, which covers 435 square miles of land in Mower, Dodge, Freeborn, and Steele counties, is undertaking a five-year, $8.4 million Capital Improvement Project that will build 25 structures in farm fields to temporarily retain stormwater and stabilize ravines along the Cedar River State Water Trail and within the Dobbins Creek subwatershed.

CRWD was given the Watershed Program of the Year award in 2012.

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