In 2002, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency listed Lake Volney, a regional jewel, as impaired for aquatic recreation because of excess nutrients. Since then, Le Sueur County, Le Sueur County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake Volney Association, Cordova and Lexington Townships, Minnesota State University, Mankato-Water Resources Center, and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership have worked tirelessly helping the lake and its resources.
The first five One Watershed, One Plan plans are a significant leap forward in the evolution of watershed planning and management in Minnesota. As with any pilot process, there are lessons learned and adjustments to be made to smooth the process for the next round of plan development. BWSR took feedback from the five pilot programs and invested in a number of new trainings for BWSR staff and LGU partners to enhance our collective skillsets.