In February of 2016, the responsibility for the implementation of the Carlton County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan was transferred to the Carlton County Soil & Water Conservation District (Carlton SWCD).

Carlton County Zoning and Environmental Services Office was responsible for the implementation of the Carlton County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan from 1997 to February 2016.

The Carlton County water plan process started when the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on December 8, 1987 to enter into the Comprehensive Local Water Management Planning process under Chapter 103B.311 and 103B.315 of Minnesota Statutes. The original water plan was completed and adopted in late 1990. The Carlton County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan 2010-2020 is the fourth generation plan in Carlton County. The plan can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Copies of the plan can be viewed at the Carlton County Zoning and Environmental Services Office.

The purpose of the plan is to provide the citizens of Carlton County, local government, state agencies and federal agencies with a strategic framework to manage its water and land resources. Several grants are directly tied to this plan, including the Natural Resources Block Grant.

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