• Whitney Lake Sites A & C
    Two Retentions
  • Roseau Lake
    Multi-purpose water
    management project
  • County Ditch 16
    Improving Capacity
    for 9.5 miles
Welcome to the

Roseau River Watershed District

It is the intention of the Board of Managers to manage
the waters and related resources within the Roseau River Watershed District in a reasonable and
orderly manner which will improve the general welfare and public health of the residents of the District.

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MN Buffer Law

Minnesota's Buffer Law requires perennial vegetative buffers of up to 50 feet along lakes, rivers, and streams and buffers of 16.5 feet along ditches. These buffers help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment. The deadline for implementation for buffers on public waters was November 1, 2017. The deadline for public ditches was November 1, 2018. The law provides flexibility for landowners to install alternative practices with equivalent water quality benefits that are based on the Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office Technical Guide.

Buffer Map: MnDNR

BWSR: Buffer & Soil Loss

RRWD Buffer Rule

Roseau Lake Rehabilitation Project

The Roseau Lake Rehabilitation project is a Natural Resource Enhancement (NRE) / Flood Damage Reduction (FDR) water management project located about 6 miles northwest of the City of Roseau. This is a joint project of the Roseau River Watershed District (RRWD) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) with the purpose of improving habitat conditions in the Roseau Lake and the Roseau River and to manage the available storage capacity of the lake basin to reduce flood damages near and downstream of the lake basin.



Whitney Lake

The Whitney Lake subwatershed is located in northwest Minnesota near the Canadian border. Agricultural producers in the area suffer frequent inundation from even minor events in both the spring and summer causing crop loss and/or damage.

The purpose of the project is Flood Damage Reduction: Reduce damages to agricultural lands for a 10 year 24 hour storm (total 3.3 inches of precipitation) and reduce damages to roadways for a 25 year 24 hour storm event (total 3.9 inches of rainfall) in the Whitney Lake subwatershed.

Engineer's Reports



One Watershed One Plan

One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) is a program through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) that supports partnerships of local governments in developing prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plans. Key principles are planning at the major watershed scale and aligning local plans with state strategies. Plans created through the 1W1P program are called comprehensive watershed management plans and are described in §103B.801.

Upcoming Meetings

Committee Listings

Important Documents

Pursuant to Chapter 103D.911 of the Minnesota Statues, notice is hereby given that the Roseau River Watershed District Board of Managers will hold a public hearing on September 7, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. at the Roseau River Watershed District office located at 714 6th Street SW, Roseau, Minnesota for the Proposed Budget for year 2023.