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Pine River Watershed Alliance annual meeting to be double-header

Web posted June 16, 2014
The Annual Meeting of the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA) will be held as a two-part meeting. The business portion of the meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 17 at 4:00PM at the Ideal Community Center. The second portion of the Annual Meeting will present Value Survey results from the Watershed Restoration and Protection (WRAP) meeting that was held on April 26, 2014. This second meeting will be on Saturday, June 21 from 9:00 to 10:30AM at the Warehouse in Pine River.

The business portion of the meeting on June 17 will cover financial reports, nomination and election of Directors, new and old business, and a recap of the actions of the PRWA Board over the last year. The monthly meeting of the Board will follow. All are welcome.

The second portion of the Annual Meeting on June 21 will start with a presentation of the citizen Value Survey conducted at the April 26 meeting. This is a long term effort by the Pine River Watershed Alliance and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in a Watershed Evaluation and Management Process.

The process evaluates all 81 watersheds in the state and develops plans for restoration and protection. Each watershed process takes ten years. The first two years are an assessment of the health of the watershed that has now been completed for the Pine River Watershed. The next phase started at the April 26 meeting when local citizens participated in a Value Survey and a Priority Mapping session.

The meeting on June 21 will report the Value Survey results, including the priority mapping, and then, again, provide an opportunity for residents to input to the process of developing the management plan. As was noted at the  April meeting, the Pine River Watershed is in good environmental shape. Citizen involvement is necessary to keep it healthy.

The WRAP effort is funded by the Clean Water Legacy Funds, which were voted on by the citizens of Minnesota and will provide $40 million to address the WRAP Plans that are developed for watersheds in the State. It is a competitive process for these funds so developing solid project plans is required. In order to help prioritize the plans, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has created a Value Model process that solicits input in order to identify what people involved in the watershed consider important. There will be two groups involved in the process. One group is made up of the technical people who work in the watershed. The second group is made up from the general public in the watershed. These two groups was instructed on the process and then asked through the Value Survey what they value. This input will then drive the prioritization of the WRAP Plan for the Pine River Watershed.

The WRAP process is important and the public is invited to attend this meeting - all guests are welcome. Please take the time to make a difference. If you have questions, contact Ron Meyer, PRWA Chairman, at rnsmeyer@tds.net.

Pine River Watershed Alliance to Present WRAP Value Survey Results
Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will present the results of the Value Survey and priority mapping from the public meeting held on April 26, 2014.

The Survey and priority mapping are the next steps in the ten year process called Watershed Restoration and Protection that was authorized by the citizens of Minnesota as part of the Clean Water Legacy Amendment.

The meeting, open to the public, will be held at the Warehouse in Pine River from 9-11 am on Saturday, June 21.

Results of the Value Survey and priority mapping will be presented and then further discussion and refinement will be discussed with participants.

This is an important meeting to help ensure that the Pine River Watershed remains in good environmental condition. All guests are welcome. Please take the time to make a difference.

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