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North Fork Crow River Watershed District

Mission Statement

To improve and enhance water quality, to control water flow, to reduce erosion and sedimentation, to promote wise public, private and natural use of water while maintaining, enhancing and preserving public and private drainage for present and future residents of the Watershed District.

small watershed map

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Current News

BOARD MEETINGS are the second Monday of each month at 07:00p.m April-Nov (1pm Dec-March)

NFCRWD First Annual Paddle Day! Come join us for a day on the NFCR and local lakes, on 6/14/14. More details to come. Please RSVP to Chris Lundeen (320) 346-2869 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Job Opening

Job Title: Level 1 Watercraft Inspector

Closing date: 4/04/2014 

Salary: $10.00/hour 

Job Type: Seasonal (25-40 hours/week)

Job Summary:

The Watercraft Inspector will work at lake public water access sites to educate the public on the threat of Aquatic Invasive Species, inspect watercrafts, remove AIS from watercrafts and conduct user surveys.  Inspector will also assist volunteer inspectors, coordinate inspection activities and document and record activities.  The majority of the inspector’s time will be on Lake Koronis accesses near Paynesville.

Duties: (All activities performed under the supervision of the District Administrator)

  • Educate Public on Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Conduct watercraft inspections
  • Document and record boaters activities
  • Help volunteers to collect data


  • At Least 18 years of age
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays (approximately 5/9 through 9/14)
  • A valid Minnesota Driver’s License
  • Have a vehicle to travel to multiple inspection sites
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Attend DNR training dates
  • Ability to communicate with the public, outdoors in inclement weather
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience/knowledge of AIS
  • Enrollment or Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, biology, ecology or a  related field preferred


Contact information or email letter of intent and resume to:

North Fork Crow River Watershed District

P.O. Box 40, 100 Prairie Avenue

Brooten, MN 56316


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Rain Barrel Sale

Rain barrels can capture and store roof runoff from small to medium size rain events. Water stored in rain barrels can be used to water flowers, landscape areas or irrigate lawns in between rain events.

Installing a rain barrel not only helps the environment, but it also reduces your water bill. When it rains and falls faster than the ground can absorb it or it lands on hard surfaces it goes directly to area storm drains. Storm drains then runoff into area lakes and rivers. As the water reaches the storm drains it can come into contact with a variety of contaminants like: oil, salt, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria and trash left along curbsides. As a result, runoff contributes and effects local water quality.

Disconnecting your downspout can help reduce direct runoff from small rain events and divert water from storm drains and ultimately our lakes and rivers. The more people that use rain barrels, the greater impact we have on improving our water quality in local lakes and river.


Pick-up location:


Price: $55

• Cash or check (payable at pick-up), make checks payable to CROW

Pre-order By April 4th:

• Contact Josh Reed 320-346-2869

• Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Event Sponsors

Crow River Organization of Water

North Fork Crow River Watershed District


Manure Applications

Minimum setbacks near waters

(counties can be more restrictive than state Rule 7020)

                               Surface       (Incorporation

                              Application   within 24 hrs.)

Lake, Stream              300’*           (25’**)

Wetlands (10+ac.)     300’*           (25’**)

Ditches (w/o berms)  300’*           (25’**)

Open tile intakes       300’              (0’)

Well, quarry               50’               (50’)

Sinkhole (w/o berms)

Downslope                50’               (50’)

Upslope                    300’              (50’)

*100’ vegetated buffer can be used instead of 300’ setback

For non-winter applications (50’ buffer for wetlands/ditches)

**no long-term phosphorus buildup within 300’

Feedlot Helpline : 1877-333-3508


AIS video (Click to watch)

Silent Invaders Episode 2: Zebra & Quagga Mussels

Final TMDL report for Rice Lake (click here)

The North Fork Crow River Watershed District (NFCRWD) has been awarded a 2012 Board of Water Resources conservation drainage grant for Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs). The NFCRWD will be implementing best management practices (Rock Inlets, Controlled Outlets and a Woodchip Bioreactor) on existing tile systems that outlet to country ditches.

The NFCRWD is seeking interested landowners to implement these practices cost share (75 percent vie grant, 25 percent from landowner) is available. Contact the Watershed office or stop in to the office for more information.

Agricultural Conservation Practices Brochure

MN DNR Invasive Speacies Video

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