Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Proposed Bluff Standard
For the most up-to-date information, please see the project link: blm.mn/bluffupdate
The Lower Minnesota River Watershed District (the District) recently amended its Watershed Management Plan (the Plan). Among the many updates to the Plan, the District is establishing new standards related to land-disturbing activity near the Minnesota River Bluffs and other steep slope areas within the District. The full Plan can be viewed at the DIstrict's webpage:
The City was notified in July, 2018 that the Watershed District had submitted their 90-day draft of the Watershed Management Plan amendment to the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). The following documents were submitted:
- Summary of Revisions Memo
- Final 90-Day Draft Amended Plan_June 2018
- Final 90-Day Draft Amended Plan_June 2018_Redlined Copy
- Comment/Response Log Transmittal Memo_June 2018
- Final 60-day Draft Plan Comment/ Response Log
- Public notices for the October 2017 (A) and April 2018 (B) hearings
These documents can be found on the District website by following this link.
In late January, 2018 the District released a modified version of the proposed Bluff Standard. Rather than a restrictive standard as previously proposed; the modified version proposes a permissive standard which requires certification from a qualified individual that the proposed activity will not adversely impact downstream properties or water resources or create unstable slope conditions.
On November 6, 2017 the Bloomington City Council approved a Resolution opposing the proposed Minnesota River Watershed District Bluff Standard. The Resolution can be seen here.
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the District held a public hearing on the proposed Watershed Management Plan Amendment where the Managers made a motion to recess the public hearing to a date, time, and location to be determined and re-noticed. In addition, the Managers directed District staff to provide additional informational meetings for residents and, at a minimum, coordinate local informational meetings in the cities of Bloomington and Eden Prairie.
- The Watershed District is continuing to accept comments on the proposed changes to their Watershed Management Plan through the date of the future public hearing.
On September 20, 2017, the City of Bloomington submitted written comments on the Plan. The comment letter can be seen here .