Overall Plan Links

This Overall Plan was completed in May of 2003.
In 2013, and Amendment was made to our Overall Plan

In 2019, an Amendment was made to our Overall Plan.  The Amendment was approved by BWSR in 2020.

In 2019, the Lake Traverse Water Quality Improvement Project Phase 1 was added to the District's Overall Plan. The project will stabilize an outlet located directly on Lake Traverse. Extreme erosion has created a penninsula in the lake, from sand carried further uphill.



This project has been awarded a Clean Water Fund Competitve Grant in the amount of $336,775 and the Board of Water and Soil Resources is a sponsoring agency.

In 2020, a Resolution was submitted to extend the current overall plan.  The Amendment was approved by BWSR in 2020.


September 8, 2020 - November 8, 2020:, 60-day notice period for plan review authorities to file comments on the new draft Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan and Appendices.




About our Overall Plan

The Bois de Sioux Watershed District (District) was established on May 11, 1988, by order of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) under the provisions of the Minnesota Statutes (MS), Chapter 103D, otherwise referred to as the Minnesota Watershed Act. The District is located in west central Minnesota and includes the entire drainage basin, in Minnesota, of the Bois de Sioux River. The counties included in this area are Traverse, Grant, Wilkin, Stevens, Big Stone and Otter Tail. Citi es within the District are Breckenridge, Doran, Campbell, Wendell, Elbow Lake, Norcross, He rman, Donnelly, Graceville, Dumont, Johnson, Wheaton and Tintah. The total area is about 1,412 square miles of which 93 percent is used for agricultural production. The Bois de Sioux River and its source, Lake Traverse, form the boundary between Minnesota and South and North Dakota. The river flows north from Lake Traverse to Breckenridge where it joins with the Otter Tail River to form the Red River of the North. Major tributaries in Minnesota are the Mustinka River and the Rabbit River. Tributaries in North and South Dakota contribute drainage from an additional 549 square miles. The District is a governmental subdivision of the State of Minnesota with authority to comprehensively manage water resources.

Over the past three years, the Bois de Sioux Watershed District has been a partner in a collaborative effort initiatied by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (who provided grant funds through Minnesota's Legacy Amendment through the Clean Water Fund), to coordinate water planning amongst multiple local government units. This initiative is called, "One Watershed One Plan."


A draft of the 2021-2030 Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the Bois de Sioux and Mustinka River Watersheds is now available.  Please join us for one of the following public hearings and consider offering public comment!

November 30, 5:00 pm                  www.zoom.com or by telephone at 312/626-6799
Meeting ID: 827 2029 0133 and Passcode: 471080

November 30, 5:30 pm                  Graceville Community Center

December 1, 3:00 pm                     Campbell Community Center

If you have questions, or would like a copy of the plan, please contact the Bois de Sioux Watershed District at (320) 563-4185, bdswd@runestone.net, or view the draft here:

Draft Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan and Appendices.