Water Resource Management

Division Overview 

The department, through the Water Planner, is responsible for identifying water related issues and implementing studies developing strategies to protect and maintain the water resources of Rice County; and is to administer the Rice County Comprehensive Local Water Plan.

In addition, the department is also responsible for Shoreland Enforcement:

  • The County Environmental Planners enforce the shoreland restrictions.
  • These duties include enforcement of topographic alterations, grading and filling, vegetation alterations, building setbacks and erosion control standards.

The Water Planner acts as liaison among the state, regional and local units of government, as well as addresses the general public, regarding water quality issues, and coordinates and leads the Water Plan Advisory Committee.

Water Resource Management

The many current and long range water resource management issues include:

  • wellhead protection
  • ground water sensitivity
  • water conservation
  • wetlands, wildlife habitat, and woodland management
  • shoreland and floodplain protection
  • storage tanks and individual sewage treatment systems regulation
  • solid waste management
  • wastewater treatment and septage/sludge application and regulation
  • urban runoff and stormwater management
  • soil erosion abatement
  • fertilizers and pesticides best management practices and regulation
  • and feedlots and animal waste regulation and study

For questions or concerns relating to Water Planning, please contact:  Jennifer Mocol, Rice County Water Planner & Environmental Technician, at (507) 333-3871 or by email


CWF Reporting


NRBG Reporting

2008 NRBG Summary
2009 NRBG Summary
2010 NRBG Summary
2011 NRBG Summary
2012 NRBG Summary
2013 NRBG Summary

External Links

TMDL Implementation Plans

Watershed Reports