There will be two Special Meetings held on Monday, March 27 and Monday, April 3 at 6:00 PM in the Wells Fargo Bank Building, second floor conference room, located at 211 Holmes St. West, Detroit Lakes, MN.

The purpose of the meetings is to seek public input to update the Revised Management Plan of the District.

 AIS Detector Program through University of MN Extension

The AIS Detectors program will train you to identify aquatic invasive species including the plants, fish, and invertebrates currently found in Minnesota, as well as lookalike species that are noninvasive.  There is some on line training required as well as a full day of training on site.  More information is contained in the link below as well as registration information.  The Watershed District will offer reimbursement of the $175 registration fee after you have successfully completed all training if you live within the District boundaries.  
Classes will be offered in Detroit Lakes on May 4, Alexandria on May 5, Bemidji on June 9 and Brainerd on June 16.

 MN Extension AIS Detector Information

Board Manager Position Openings


Due to the recent death of Board Manager, David Brainard, the Becker County Commissioners will be appointing someone to finish his three year term, which will end in May 2018.

There are also two other Board positions that will expire this May.  One of the Managers has expressed interest in reapplying, however, the second has said he will not reapply.

If you are interested in learning more about the duties and responsibilities of a Pelican River Watershed District Manager, please contact our office at (218) 846-0436.  If you would like to apply for a manager position, contact Becker County Administrator, Jack Ingstad.

Cost Share Program for Plants and Plant Material

The District is now offering a 75% match for eligible plants and plant material with a maximum of:  $500 for single family homes,  $1000 for condos and apartment complexes,  and $1,500 for not-for profit religious organizations, public and private schools, and local government agencies.  

Click for the appropriate documents:    Program Guidelines      Application      Maintenance Plan

Or contact or office at (218) 846-0436 and we would be happy to go over the details with you.



District Awarded $1.5 million in Clean Water Funds

May 25, 2016 - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced a third round of Clean Water Fund grants to help six local governments from around the state.  Pelican River Watershed District will receive $1.5 million to help reduce phosphorus loading to the watershed by 50%.

  To read full release - click here.

The Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) highlighted the project in their October Snapshot.

Notice of Decision to Revise & Update the PRWD Water Management Plan

The Pelican River Watershed District adopted a resolution on April 21, 2016 requiring the update and revision of the Pelican River Watershed Management Plan, as authorized under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103D.405, the Watershed District Statute.

The plan will be focused on priority water management concerns,  The Pelican River Watershed District invites all recipients of this notice to submit water management issues they feel the plan should focus on.

Also, please submit any water and related land resources plans and official controls to the name below so that they can be reviewed to ensure consistency with the Watershed Management Plan.

Please submit the requested information by June 1, 2016 or direct inquiries to:

Tera Guetter, Administrator

211 Holmes St. West, Suite 201

Detroit Lakes, MN 56501                 218-846-0436 or tera.guetter@arvig.net

Lake Sallie Bulrush Pilot Project report

The Pelican River Watershed, along with Mississippi State University, began a pilot project in 2015 on Lake Sallie to study the effects of chemically treating the invasive Flowering rush within a stand of native Hardstem Bulrush.  The reduction of the Flowering rush was quite impressive. After review of the data, it appears that there was little to no damage to the native Bulrush, and in the treatment area, the Bulrush population acutally increased after the flowering rush was treated.  See the full report below.

Hardstem Bulrush Pilot Study - Final Report

Detroit Lakes Airport Expansion

A meeting was held to discuss possible alternative locations for the Detroit Lakes Airport.  The technical memo, shown below, outlines the 7 locations that were presented.

12/17/15 Meeting Minutes

Alternative Site Technical Memo

Alternative Site Maps 1-4

Alternative Site Maps 5-7

MN Buffer Initiative

Governor Mark Dayton's landmark buffer initiative was signed into law this year. The law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along rivers, streams, and ditches that will help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment. The new law provides flexibility and financial support for landowners to install and maintain buffers, and boost compliance with buffer laws across Minnesota.

The DNR's role in Minnesota's new buffer law is to produce maps of public waters and ditch systems that require permanent vegetation buffers. The DNR is scheduled to produce these maps by July 2016.

Click here for more information

Buffer Fact Sheet

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Last Updated: 7/28/2016
Floyd(s) 1354.6 ft
Last Updated: 7/26/2016

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