What is an Annual Report?

All Watershed Districts must prepare a yearly report of the financial conditions of the Watershed District, the status of all projects, the business transacted by the Watershed District and other matters affecting the interests of the Watershed District. In addition, the work plan for the next year must be included. A work plan designates program categories and work tasks or projects within each category each fiscal year.

Copies of the report must be submitted to the Board of Water and Soil Resources within 120 days of the end of the calendar year.

In accordance with Minnesota Rules 8410.0150, the annual activity report must contain:

  • a list of the organization’s board members, names of designated officers, and the governmental organization that each board member represents for joint powers organizations and the county that each member is appointed by for watershed districts
  • a identification of a contact person capable of answering questions about the organization including a postal and electronic mailing address and telephone number
  • an assessment of the previous year’s annual work plan that indicates whether the stated activities were completed including the expenditures of each activity with respect to the approved budget unless included in the audit report
  • a work plan and budget for the current year specifying which activities will be undertaken
  • at a minimum of every two years, an evaluation of progress on goals and the implementation actions, including the capital improvement program, to determine if amendments to the implementation actions are necessary according to part 8410.0140, subpart 1, item C, using the procedures established in the goals and implementation sections of the plan under parts 8410.0080, subpart 1, and 8410.0105, subpart 1
  • a summary of significant trends of monitoring data required by part 8410.0105, subpart 5
  • a copy of the annual communication required by part 8410.0105, subpart 4
  • the organization’s activities related to the biennial solicitations for interest proposals for legal, professional, or technical consultant services under Minnesota Statutes, section 103B.227, subdivision 5
  • an evaluation of the status of local water plan adoption and local implementation of activities required by the watershed management organization according to part 8410.0105, subpart 1, items B and C, during the previous year
  • the status of any locally adopted ordinances or rules required by the organization including their enforcement
  • a summary of the permits and variances issued or denied and violations under rule or ordinance requirements of the organization or local water plan

Minnesota Rules 8410.0150

2016 Annual Report 

MS4 Reports

MS4 Overview

This program (abbreviated NPDES) is a nation-wide federal regulatory program stemming from the Clean Water Act. In Minnesota, this program is implemented by the MPCA. The NPDES program addresses point source discharges including stormwater and related pollution, from various sources. The first phase of stormwater NPDES program (Phase I) focused on controlling pollution from industrial activities, and included construction activities disturbing more than 5 acres, and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s)  with populations greater than 100,000.

The second phase (Phase II) of this program, preliminarily initiated by the MPCA in 2003, has been formalized in 2006. It builds on Phase I by lowering the threshold for requiring stormwater permits for construction and municipal activities. The basis of the program is for permittees to complete a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP). In all cases, Best Management Practices (BMPs) are to be identified and implemented in order to minimize stormwater runoff impacts to receiving waters.

MS4 Roles and Responsibilities

The District is a regulated MS4 permittee even though they did not own or operate a separate storm sewer system at the time of permit implementation. Typically, the District is not a construction site Owner or Operator. However, the SWWD may choose to participate in these programs by assisting affecting parties.

MPCA: Administers all three components of NPDES Phase II.

SWWD: Must comply with the MS4 program because the District is identified under the auspices of the permit requirements. The District may also choose to support cities and other local government units in their MS4 compliance efforts by providing educational materials (considered a BMP) or otherwise partnering, such as with construction site erosion control inspections or establishing design guidance for stormwater management.

Cities and Townships: Cities and townships wholly or partially in the urbanized area which own or operate a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) are all mandatory permittees. This includes: Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo, Newport, Oakdale, St. Paul Park, and Woodbury.

Additionally, Cottage Grove and Woodbury must comply with the MS4 Permit’s nondegradation rule. They must perform a loading assessment to evaluate nonpoint source impacts to receiving water since 1988. They must demonstrate on-going or new ways to reduce current and future loads and runoff volumes to 1988 levels.

Washington County: Will be obligated to meet the same general SWPPP requirements (excluding nondegradation).

Minnesota Department of Transportation: Will be obligated to meet the same general SWPPP requirements (excluding nondegradation).

More Information


http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/wq-strm1-02.pdf (fact sheet)