Thirty Lakes Watershed District was established by Order of the Minnesota Water Resources Board on May 18, 1971 in response to 2 nominating petitions.

The District is located in west central Crow Wing County and covers approximately 70 square miles; approximately 60% is covered by surface water. The District's major watersheds include: Clark, Edward, Gladstone, Horseshoe, Hubert, North Long and Pelican Lakes. The following communities and townships lie partially or wholly in the District: the Cities of Breezy Point and Nisswa, and Lake Edward, Center, Pelican and Mission Townships.

Recreation and tourism are the most important industries within the District. The beautiful lakes in the area attract visitors and encourage the construction of seasonal and permanent residences. The population of the District has increased substantially during the past 20 years. From 1980 to 2000 the population has increased 28%; however, these U.S. Census totals do not include seasonal residents.

The updated Crow Wing County Waterplan brings cooperation between the County and Thirty Lakes Watershed District.

Primary Goal

The District's primary goal is the protection of the surface and subsurface water within the District's boundaries.

Primary Purpose

The purpose of the Thirty Lakes Watershed District is to conserve natural resources through land use planning, flood control and othe conservation projects to protect public health, safety and welfare. Thirty Lakes Watershed District was formed to preserve lake ecology, prevent or minimize adverse impacts to the District's water resources and to conserve and make wise use of the District's water resources. Specific lake information is available on the Crow Wing County website.

Stormwater Management

When rain or snowmelt falls on hard surfaces, like driveways, rooftops and parking lots, it cannot soak into the ground. As storm water travels across these impervious surfaces, it collects chemicals, debris, and other materials that are carried directly into our lakes, streams and rivers.

Stormwater runoff can change both quality and quantity affecting our water resources physically, chemically and biologically. Polluted runoff containing oil, grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals, liter and pathogens for example, can severely reduce water quality. If left unmanaged, runoff stresses our streams, ages our lakes and degrades and eliminates our wetlands.

At Home

  • Never dump anything in storm drains
  • Keep grass clippings, leaves and lawn chemicals off paved surfaces
  • Only apply pesticides and fertilizers if needed, and at the correct rate and time
  • Minimize detergent pollution by using a commercial car wash
  • Repair auto leaks
  • Direct downspouts away from hard surfaces, collect rainwater in a rain barrel for garden use, or install a rain garden
  • Minimize impervious surface areas

At Work

  • Sweep and collect litter and debris from parking lots
  • Cover dumpsters
  • Prepare control and containment plans to manage chemical spills and practice spill response procedures

At Construction Sites

  • Prevent erosion by minimizing the amount of disturbed area exposed at 1 time
  • Divert storm water away for the disturbed areas

Install and maintain adequate erosion control tools such as silt fences, berms and vegetative cover.