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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


The new office located at

1030 Front Street

Brooten, MN 56316



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




The Board of Managers will be holding a workshop at which a quorum will be present on Monday, April 6th at 6:00 pm at the District office located at 1030 Front Street, Brooten MN.

Dated: 3/17/2015

Tara Ostendorf

District Administrator

Job Title: Level 1 Watercraft Inspector

Closing date: 04/24/15

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 watercraft, remove AIS from watercraft and conduct user surveys. Inspector will also assist volunteer inspectors, coordinate inspection activities and document and record activities. Inspectors will be stationed at public accesses on Lake Koronis (Paynesville), Rice Lake (Paynesville), and Grove Lake (Grove Lake Twp). The majority of inspector hours will occur on Lake Koronis.

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

• Educate public on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

• Conduct Level I watercraft inspections

• Document and record boaters activities using droid application

• Communicate with Conservation Officers for any enforcement measures

Mandatory Qualifications:

• Must attend MN DNR Level I Inspector training and obtain certification.

• At least 18 years of age

• Ability to work weekends and holidays (approximately 5/9 through 9/13)

• A valid Minnesota Driver's License

• Have a vehicle to travel to multiple inspection sites; standard federal mileage applicable.

• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

• Ability to climb in and under boats and trailers

• Ability to use Droid tablet for conducting DNR survey

• Ability to communicate with the public, outdoors in inclement weather

• Strong written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualification

• Enrollment or Bachelor's degree in environmental studies, biology, ecology or a related field preferred

• Experience/knowledge of AIS


Contact information or email letter of intent and resume to:

North Fork Crow River Watershed District

P.O. Box 40, 1030 Front St.

Brooten, MN 56316

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Rain Barrels on Sale!

Live near the Paynesville area and enjoy the scenery of the North Fork Crow River! Protect its beauty and help minimize flooding with a small step. In partnership with the City of Paynesville, CROW will be selling $55 rain barrels on April 10th, 3:00-7:00 p.m. Contact Charlene at 763-682-1933 x122 for more information or to pre-order.

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



Rice Lake TMDL Report

Agricultural Best Management Practices

The North Fork Crow River Watershed District (NFCRWD) has been awarded a  Board of Water Resources conservation drainage grant for Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs). The NFCRWD will be providing grant funding to install rock Inlets, controlled outlets and woodchip bioreactors on existing tile systems that outlet to county ditches within the District.

The NFCRWD is seeking interested landowners to install these practices as on their properties. Grant funds will be available on a cost sharing basis. Contact the Watershed office or stop into the office for more information and to fill out an application today!

Agricultural Conservation Practices Brochure

MN DNR Invasive Speacies Video



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