Our History

  • The first organizational meeting for establishing a Pine River Watershed organization was held in January of 2005.

  • In 2006 a survey was done asking 3500 Pine River Watershed residents for their input on what issues a watershed organization should address.

  • The results of the survey were used to put together a Mission/Vision/ Goals and Objectives for the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA).

  • PRWA completed Articles of Incorporation in 2007.

  • PRWA completed a non-profit 501(c)3 in 2009. (Note: This makes all donations to PRWA as tax deductible.)

  • PRWA completed the initial Pine River Watershed Management Plan in 2009.

 

Accomplishments

2006

  • Worked with two Crow Wing County Commissioners to establish a Crow Wing County Sanitary Sewer District to insure proper management of septic systems.

  • Sponsored educational programs on:

    • Shoreland Management

    • Septic maintenance

    • Planning and Zoning regulations

    • Minnesota Star Lake Program

 

2007

  • Continued the Educational Programs started in 2006.

  • Began evaluation process for Bungo Creek with the intention of generating grants for a thorough evaluation.

 

2008

  • Began working with the Crow Wing Forage Basin Advisory Council on their seminars promoting sustainable agriculture.

  • Sponsored the first Harvest Dinner with the Cass County Farm Bureau.

  • Sponsored the First Healthy Lakes Legislative Forum held in Walker with Minnesota Waters.

  • Completed grant writing for water testing effort on Bungo Creek.

 

2009

  • Continued PRWA sponsorship of:

    • Harvest Dinner 2

    • Healthy Lakes Legislative Forum 2

    • Crow Wing  Forage Basin Seminars

  • Received $30,000 in grants to do continuous water testing on Bungo Creek with the University of Minnesota and completed the first year of testing.

  • Applied for a Clean Water Partnership Grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to do a Baseline Characteristics Study of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

  • Applied for a grant for soil testing in the Bungo Creek area.

 

2010

  • Continued Sponsorship of:

    • Harvest Dinner 3

    • Healthy Lakes Legislative Forum 3

    • Crow Wing Forage Basin Seminars

  • Continued water testing on Bungo Creek with the University of Minnesota.

  • Received a $40,000 grant to do soil testing with the University of Minnesota in the Bungo Creek area.

  • Received a $115,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency/Clean Water Partnership for doing the baseline characterization of the Whitefish Chain and completed the first year of testing.

 

2011

  • Continued Sponsorship of:

    • Harvest Dinner 4

    • Healthy Lakes Legislative Forum 4

    • Crow Wing Forage Basin Seminars

  • Completed the second year of water testing for the Clean Water Partnership grant.

  • Completed water and soil testing on the Bungo Creek Project.

  • Established initial website for PRWA.

 

2012

  • Continued sponsorship of:

    • Harvest Dinner 5

    • Healthy lakes Legislative Forum 5

    • Crow Wing Forage Basin Seminars

  • Completed data analysis and modeling of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes as part of the Clean Water Partnership Project.

  • Developed two possible options for reduction of nutrient loading from Bungo Creek.

    • Option One was a plan developed by the Minnesota Sustainable Farming Organization for changes to a land owners land management practices. The land owner decided not to implement the changes.

    • Option Two was the construction of a water filter system. The system is very new and conceptual and we are monitoring a Minnesota city that has just implemented the filter. If it works we will look to implement it on Bungo Creek. There are land owners on Bungo willing to review such a plan and will, if acceptable, provide the land.

  • Began the Land and Waters Preservation Trust with the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) with the Initiative Foundation as our financial agent.

 

2013

  • Continued sponsorship of:

    • Harvest Dinner 5

    • Crow Wing Forage Basin Seminars

  • The Healthy Lakes Legislative Forum was ended because Minnesota Waters was disbanded and we were unable to get a local legislator to take the lead in helping to develop the program.

  • The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Pine River Watershed Project began its ten year cycle. We are a project partner in this effort. The initial two to three years will be on assessment and the development of the Watershed Restoration and Protection (WRAP) plan.

  • Expanded our Board to include more representation from the agricultural community.

  • Began the fundraising for the Land and Water Preservation Trust with the goal of receiving $50,000 which would then be matched by $50,000 gift from the Initiative Foundation.

 

2014

  • Continued sponsorship of:

    • Harvest Dinner 6

  • Completed two meetings with residents of the Pine River Watershed to get input that will set the priorities for the Watershed Restoration and Protection (WRAP) Plan.

  • Actively working with other local groups to find alternative routes for the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline to reduce the environmental risk.

  • Received a $12,000 grant to produce a video about the Pine River Watershed with Crow Wing SWCD and Lindner Media. This video, which has been completed, will hopefully generate interest in residents about the value of our area.

  • Working with WAPOA we achieved our $50,000 target and the Land and Waters Preservation Trust is over $100,000. 

2015

  • Actively working with other local groups to find alternative routes for the Sandpiper Pipeline that would reduce the risk to our local environment.

  • Supported and participated in the summer and winter seminars lead by the Crow Wing Forage basin Advisory Council.

  • Received grant for expanding PRWA resources and began process.

  • Working with WAPOA we have reached $215,000 for the Land and Waters Trust.

  • Generated a new Vision and Mission which will drive the updating of our strategies and actions for the next 5 years.

  • Updated our Website and started a Facebook page for PRWA.

  • Continued working with the MPCA and other agencies to complete the Watershed Restoration and Protection (WRAP) Strategy by 2016.

2016

  • 2016 Accomplishments

  • Assisted in the completion of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAP) Plan for the Pine River Watershed.

  • Utilizing the WRAPS, three projects have begun with lake associations to meet water quality targets established in the plan as well as; one creek project underway and two started.

  • Established a contract with Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (CW SWCD) to provide PRWA with administrative, technical and grant writing support.

  • With Cass County Farm Bureau, have secured a $10,000 grant from the Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership for a feasibility study for a Community market study for ranch-raised, locally processed beef.

  • Have obtained $20,000 in grant funds and have applied for another $30,000 for the next three years to help with the expenses for future WRAPS activity and building a larger membership base.

  • Working with WAPOA, The Land and Waters Trust is now at $232,000 before this year’s mailing.

  • Supported and participated in the summer and winter seminars by the Crow Wing Basin Advisory Council and participated in the Harvest Dinner with the Cass County Farm Bureau.

  • Actively working with other local groups to find alternatives routes for the proposed Line 3 pipeline by Enbridge.

2018

  • 2018 Accomplishments

  • Watershed Restoration and Protection (WRAP) Plan projects: Completed $70,000 grant effort to rebuild Willow Creek to reduce sediment run-off into Whitefish; have re-vegetated Arvig Creek channel and now are working on efforts to reduce erosion and runoff from row crop land; continue to work with Upper and Lower Hay lake associations of WRAP efforts to improve and protect their lakes.

  • Began working with CW SWCD and the Bureau of Soil and Water Resources on the One Watershed One Plan effort for the Pine River Watershed as a member of the advisory committee.

  • Continue to work with other local groups to get the present proposed route for Line 3 for Enbridge changed in order to protect what is one of the main water resources for the state.

  • Have added two new Board members: Lloyd Thyen and Clay Schulte.

  • Continuing effort: work with the Crow Wing Forage Basin on their seminars to promote sustainable farming efforts; build the Land and Waters Endowment, presently at $250,000; Support storm water run-off projects like Big Trout Lake and the additional efforts of the Water Quality group of the “Crosslakers” to reduce other run-off issues along County 66; Working on finding funding for a Mobile Slaughter Unit to support the Cows for Clean Water effort; Worked another successful Harvest Dinner.

 

Phone: Ron Meyer: (218) 543-6246 

Email: webinfo@prwa.us

Pine River Watershed Alliance, P.O. Box 822, Crosslake, Minnesota 56442

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