Steve Hirsch, Director of the Minnesota DNR's Division of Ecological Resources Management Team, nominated the CRWD for the award, noting, among numerous efforts, the CRWD staff's work on alternative, agricultural drainage demonstration projects with the University of Minnesota and other groups, including a two-stage ditch near Adams and a surge basin near Grand Meadow.
also is involved in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Mississippi River Basin Initiative focused on water quality and has coordinated two study contracts for the Cedar Basin, with a third contract coming soon for implementing a strategy for the Cedar River Watershed, Hirsch
"From the perspective of illustrating how the land conservation work of the [Soil & Water Conservation Districts] can be coordinated with the water management work of the [watershed districts] - this group in Austin is showing us all how it can be done," Hirsch
said at the MAWD event.
called the CRWD
a "very good partner over years," and, given this partnership, the DNR recently extended a general permit to the CRWD
for numerous types of projects proposed in public waters, helping the DNR with its workload.
These types of projects include streambank stabilization, excavation and filling, bridges, culverts, intakes, outfalls and low-water crossings.
"They have also been trying to come up with many different ways to lessen flooding in Austin, and we continue to work with them on this major historic issue," Hirsch