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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 new office located at

1030 Front Street

Brooten, MN 56316



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


February 11, 2015

To Whom It May Concern:

The NFCRWD Board of Managers is seeking proposals for professional engineering services to prepare a report for drainage system repair (MN Statute 103E) for Stearns County Ditch 32 located in Getty, Lake George and North Fork Townships.

It has come to our attention that the CD 32 RFP for Engineering Services has an inaccuracy in the reporting length of the drainage system that may have an effect on proposals.  The actual length of the full system is approximately 17 miles of drainage ditch.  Please reflect this in your pricing.

A complete Request for Proposal is included. Proposal packages are to be submitted to the District on/or before Wednesday,  March 4th, 2015 at/or before 5:00 p.m. Proposals received after the stated deadline shall not be accepted. Proposal packages are to be delivered to:

Tara Ostendorf, Administrator / Drainage Inspector

North Fork Crow River Watershed District

PO Box 40, 1030 Front Street

Brooten, MN 56316

Proposals may also be sent electronically to the District on/or before Wednesday,  March 4th, 2015 at/or before 5:00 p.m. Proposal packages are to be sent electronically to:

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Subject: CD32 Engineering Proposal

We appreciate your time in submitting a proposal.  For any questions on the proposal, please contact Tara Ostendorf, at the District office.


Tara Ostendorf

NFCRWD Administrator / Drainage Inspector


For complete Engineering Service RFP Document of Stearns County Ditch 32 contact Tara Osendorf.  

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

Agricultural Best Management Practices

The North Fork Crow River Watershed District (NFCRWD) has been awarded a  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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