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North Fork Crow River Watershed District

Mission Statement

To improve and enhance water quality, to control water flow, to reduce erosion and sedimentation, to promote wise public, private and natural use of water while maintaining, enhancing and preserving public and private drainage for present and future residents of the Watershed District.

small watershed map

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Current News


The NFCRWD is in the process of moving to a new office located at 1030 Front Street in Brooten, MN. Our move will begin on Monday, January 26th and is expected to take place over the next two weeks. During this time our communication will be limited.  If you should need to reach staff, please feel free to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This email will be checked daily.  You can also try to catch us at either office location. 

We thank you for your understanding as we make this exciting transition!.

If you are trying to reach the NFCRWD, the temporary phone number is 320-346-4339.  




BOARD MEETINGS are the second Monday of each month at 07:00p.m April-Nov (1pm Dec-March)

The NFCRWD office will be closed for the following upcoming Holidays: 12/24/14, 12/25/14, 1/1/15, 1/9/15, 2/16/15

Manure Applications

Minimum setbacks near waters

(counties can be more restrictive than state Rule 7020)

                               Surface       (Incorporation

                              Application   within 24 hrs.)

Lake, Stream              300’*           (25’**)

Wetlands (10+ac.)     300’*           (25’**)

Ditches (w/o berms)  300’*           (25’**)

Open tile intakes       300’              (0’)

Well, quarry               50’               (50’)

Sinkhole (w/o berms)

Downslope                50’               (50’)

Upslope                    300’              (50’)

*100’ vegetated buffer can be used instead of 300’ setback

For non-winter applications (50’ buffer for wetlands/ditches)

**no long-term phosphorus buildup within 300’

Feedlot Helpline : 1877-333-3508



AIS video (Click to watch)

Silent Invaders Episode 2: Zebra & Quagga Mussels



Rice Lake TMDL Report

2012 Grant Funds Recieved - Agricultural Best Management Practices

The North Fork Crow River Watershed District (NFCRWD) has been awarded a 2012 Board of Water Resources conservation drainage grant for Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs). The NFCRWD will be providing grant funding to install rock Inlets, controlled outlets and woodchip bioreactors on existing tile systems that outlet to county ditches within the District.

The NFCRWD is seeking interested landowners to install these practices as on their properties. Grant funds will be available on a cost sharing basis. Contact the Watershed office or stop into the office for more information and to fill out an application today!

Agricultural Conservation Practices Brochure

MN DNR Invasive Speacies Video



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