Treating Stormwater Runoff, Controlling Erosion Issues,
Increasing Water Quality, Creating Wildlife Habitat
Thirty Lakes Watershed District
What is Thirty Lakes Watershed District About?-Slide Show
Survey: 2012 TLWD Report and Survey
Click for CWC GIS Map
U of MN Stormwater Education
Native Plant Guide - DNR Restore Your Shore-Online.
Events at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
New DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Law
VIDEO: Erasian Watermilfoil
VIDEO: Zebra Mussels
Invasive Species: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/19639981/investigators-invasive-species-enablers?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7767160
Keeping our water clean is everyone's responsibility.
We can all do our part to protect our water resources.
The purpose of the Thirty Lakes Watershed District is to conserve natural resources through land use planning, flood control and other conservation projects to protect public health, safety and welfare. The Thirty Lakes Watershed District has also concentrated efforts on stormwater management in response to the growth of the District. The Watershed District works with Crow Wing County and Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District to manage stormwater in the District.
When rain or snowmelt falls on hard surfaces, like driveways, rooftops and parking lots, it cannot soak into the ground. As storm water travels across these impervious surfaces, it collects chemicals, debris, and other materials that are carried directly into our lakes, streams and rivers.
Stormwater runoff can change both water quality and quantity affecting our water resources physically, chemically and biologically. Polluted runoff containing oil, grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals, litter and pathogens for example, can severely reduce water quality. If left unmanaged, runoff stresses our streams, ages our lakes and degrades and eliminates our wetlands.