Our Mission

Stewardship of water resources to protect and enhance our communities

The main goals of the BCWMC for 2005-2014 as outlined in the plan are:
  • Manage the water resources of the watershed, with input from the public, so that the beneficial uses of wetlands, lakes and streams remain available to the community.
  • Improve the quality of stormwater runoff reaching the Mississippi River by reducing the nonpoint source pollution (including sediment) carried as stormwater runoff.
  • Protect and enhance fish and wildlife habitat and maintain shoreland integrity.
  • Reduce flooding along the Bassett Creek trunk system.
  • Protect human life, property, and surface water systems that could be damaged by flood events.
  • Regulate stormwater runoff discharges and volumes to minimize flood problems, flood damages, and the future costs of stormwater management systems.
  • Provide leadership and assist member cities with coordination of intercommunity stormwater runoff planning and design.
  • Prevent erosion and sedimentation to the greatest extent possible to protect the BCWMC’s water resources from increased sediment loading and associated water quality problems.
  • Implement soil protection and sedimentation controls whenever necessary to maintain health, safety, and welfare.
  • Implement stream restoration measures whenever necessary to maintain health, safety, and welfare.
  • Maintain or enhance the natural beauty and wildlife habitat value of Bassett Creek.
  • Achieve no net loss of wetlands in the BCWMC, in conformance with the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act and associated rules.
  • Protect the quantity and quality of groundwater resources.
  • Manage public ditches in a manner that recognizes their current use as urban drainage systems.
  • Raise awareness of the watershed’s existence and the role that the BCWMC plays in protecting water quality and preserving the watershed’s health and aesthetics.
  • Enable the target audiences to have confidence in the BCWMC’s expertise and participate in a meaningful way in the planning process and ongoing projects conducted by the BCWMC.
  • Raise awareness of the impact that individuals, businesses, and organizations have upon water quality and motivate these audiences to change personal/corporate behavior that has a negative impact on water quality and the watershed.

The adopted Watershed Management Plan for the BCWMC sets the vision and guidelines for managing surface water in the BCWMC.

Read the plan