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  • 16 Jan 2013 2:38 PM | Anonymous
    As part of the update for the Zumbro Watershed Plan, the Zumbro Watershed Partnership Board of Directors spent an hour on Thursday working with ZWP staff members Paul Wotzka and Laurie Svien to review past goals and accomplishments and chart the path for future projects. 
    The board will meet on February 2 to continue this important work. 
  • 11 Dec 2012 2:33 AM | Anonymous
    Paul Wotzka has been hired as the new Zumbro Watershed Partnership Watershed Planner. He will oversee an update of the 2007 Zumbro Watershed Plan due out in June, 2013.

  • 17 Jul 2012 2:41 PM | Anonymous
    With the near completion of the the Zumbro Watershed TMDL implementation Plan for sedimentation the next phase is the Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan.  The Comprehensive Zumbro Watershed Management Plan looks forward beyond the content of the current Sediment Reduction Plan, while building on its content and integrating material from the original 2007 Zumbro Watershed Management Plan developed through a USDA-NRCS grant.

    Zumbro Watershed Planning Meeting

    7:00 – 9:00 p.m., July 26, 2012

    Cascade Meadows Wetland and Environmental Science Center


    7:00 – 7:20          Zumbro Watershed Plan Development to date

    o   Norman Senjem, ZWP Planning Coordinator


    7:20 – 8:00         Breakout Group Discussions of New Elements


    o   Additional pollution problems

    §  Nitrogen & phosphorus, E-coli

    o   Groundwater protection

    o   Selection criteria for priority sub-watersheds

    o   ZWP connections to local government

    o   Improving public access to the Zumbro River corridor

    o   Other


    8:00 – 8:15         BREAK


    8:15 – 8:45         Breakout session reports (5 minutes each)


    8:45 – 9:00         Future Steps in Planning Process

    o             Norman Senjem, ZWP Planning Coordinator


  • 01 Jun 2012 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    Ron Fuller, Chairman of the Zumbro Watershed Partnership (ZWP) recently announced that Lawrence Svien has accepted and will be assuming the position of Executive Director.   As director, Svien will supervise a grant project to identify “erosion hot spots” in the watershed, among other projects to clean and protect the Zumbro River.

    Before coming to the ZWP, Svien worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service as regional staff support and as the District Conservationist in Wabasha County. 

    “Svien’s experience working with farmers and other landowners to implement soil and water conservation projects will be critical as we work to implement projects to keep the Zumbro River cleaner and safer for today and tomorrow,” said Fuller. 

    Former Watershed Coordinator Lisa Eadens is returning to Denver, Colorado.


    The Zumbro Watershed Partnership is a non-profit organization comprised of local citizens and organizations whose common goal is to protect and improve the waters of the Zumbro River and its tributaries.  For more information about the ZWP and its programs, contact ZWP Education Coordinator Kevin Strauss at 507-993-3411 or at


  • 23 Feb 2012 9:41 AM | Anonymous
    The ZWP recently received a two-year grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to monitor chemical and physical attributes of 13 stream reaches across the Zumbro Watershed. The monitoring will begin this May. We are looking for volunteers to help take samples, field measurements and record data. If you are interested, please contact Lisa at
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