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Root River One Watershed, One Plan


Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

Consultant Mark Deutschman gives a presentation on the Root River One Watershed, One Plan. By Karen Reisner

The public was invited to the kick-off event for the Root River One Watershed, One Plan at the Fountain Community Center on April 8. The four hour open house was well attended. Roughly 100 residents listened as plan consultant Mark Deutschman, Houston Engineering, presented information about developing the plan at the first of two presentations giving during the open house. The goal of this meeting was to get citizen involvement.

The public was given the opportunity to identify their priority concerns, to comment, share information, and to ask questions. The watershed planning area includes portions of six counties (Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, and Winona) that drain to the Root River. The planning area also includes the Minnesota portion of the Upper Iowa River watershed and the Mississippi-Reno watershed in Houston County. The total planning area includes over 1.3 million acres. There are 81 watersheds within the state of Minnesota.

One Watershed, One Plan had its beginnings with the Local Government Roundtable (Associations of Minnesota Counties, Watershed Districts, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts). In June, 2014, the Root River watershed was selected as one of five watersheds in the state for this pilot program. The intention is to have one coordinated plan to manage water on a hydrologic water basis. Legislation passed in 2013 provided authorization and funding to Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to give assistance and grants to local governments to transition local water management plans to a whole watershed approach. Instead of having multiple plans limited by political borders (county lines), a single management plan for the entire watershed drainage area is to be developed and implemented. Deutschman commented that “water doesn’t respect county boundaries.” The hydrologic boundaries of the entire watershed are flexible. The state will learn from these five pilot One Watershed, One Plans and gain an understanding of procedures to replace existing water plans.

A 13 member Policy Committee, which is made up of one county commissioner and one SWCD supervisor from each of the six counties and one watershed district manager, will make decisions about the content of the plan. An organizational meeting of this committee was held in January. Fillmore County commissioner Duane Bakke was elected chairman. Bakke said the counties involved will be working together to i .....
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“Mysteries of the Driftless” uncovered at Dinner on the Bluff

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

On April 26, 2013, an article I wrote entitled “Another Sinkhole” was published in the Fillmore County Journal (http://fillmorecountyjournal.com/single.php?article_id=30184) which described the sudden appearance of a sinkhole north of Fountain, ..... 
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“Willie’s” part of Fillmore County history

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

There are some people who need only one name to be recognized. In Fillmore County, one of those people was “Willie” of Willie’s Grocery and Locker of Fountain, Minn. When the name Willie came up in a conversation, odds were everyone knew who ..... 
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Fountain recognized for “Best Tasting Water”

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

The City of Fountain is drinking in its latest claim to fame after receiving the title “Best Tasting Water 2015” in March. John Hanson, city maintenance foreman for the city of Fountain, Minn., attended the Southeast Section Spring School by t ..... 
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Local family loses dogs to shooting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

A Fountain family has found themselves on the unfortunate end of what Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department is calling an intentional shooting. Now, the family is seeking any assistance from the public in bringing justice to those responsible. Sa ..... 
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Nightmare arises again in Fountain

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

The time is nearly ripe for the re-emergence of Fountain’s Nightmare on First Street: Field of Screams and Haunted Barn. For the fourth year, this spooky non-profit fund-raiser is set to chill and thrill patrons. Hundreds of hours every year g ..... 
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A successful Dairy Night on the Farm 2014

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

A perfect summer evening brought a large crowd to Blue Valley Holsteins for this year’s Dairy Night on the Farm hosted by Bruce and Tracy Wingert along with their son Matt and daughter Loni. Blue Valley Holsteins is a third generation farm locate ..... 
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Experience a Nightmare on First Street

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Features

Screams will be heard in the graveyard, shrieks will echo through the haunted barn, and cries will send shivers down your spine. If this sounds like fun to you, be sure to grab your boys and ghouls and come to the third annual Nightmare on First Str ..... 
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Pork-e-que

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Fountain Features

The Pork-e-que that took place in Fountain, Minn. on July 30, made a long line that extended down the sidewalk and around the corner.
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