The Lower Minnesota River Watershed District (LMRWD) commissioned this study to examine
alternatives to its current role in water governance on the Lower Minnesota River. This report provides
insights to guide the LMRWD Board of Managers in making strategic decisions related to its role in water
governance, funding for both water quality and dredge material management related activities, and the
Our team evaluated four water governance options by utilizing an extensive qualitative analysis of
stakeholder interviews, as well as a thorough review of relevant literature. Stakeholders were selected
from the following three groups involved directly or indirectly in water management on the Lower
Minnesota River: State/federal agencies, local units of government and private/other entities.
We provide key considerations related to each governance alternative examined, recommend that the
Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) alternative be ruled out, and make
recommendations on how the viable options should be pursued. Our overarching recommendation is
that increasing the ability to cooperate and partner should be a top priority for the local sponsor of the
9-foot channel and for LMRWD.
Main, Rylee; Helm, Brandon.
Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Governance Study.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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