The One Watershed, One Plan program offers planning resources and staff support for groups working together to develop comprehensive watershed management plans.  These resources are intended to support the board-adopted policies. Contact a BWSR staff person (maps below in the "external links" section) for more information. 

Program Videos

Learn about the One Watershed, One Plan program with videos that introduce and explore the concepts around watershed-based planning

One Watershed, One Plan videos page

Planning Checklist and Guidebook

One Watershed, One Plan Planning Checklist (pdf) - a overview of the planning process, broken into phases and steps.

One Watershed, One Plan Guidebook (pdf) - a compilation of supporting information documents, based on the plan content requirements that provide examples and ideas for getting to a quality plan.

Implementation Table Template Excel Spreadsheet (xlsx)

Additional Planning Guidance

Guidance for Committees and Getting Ready to Plan (pdf, updated April 2021)  -  participation requirements, committee roles and best practices for getting started.

Guidance for Assessing the Implementation of Comprehensive Watershed Management Plans (pdf) - Recommendations for tracking implementation, reflecting on work completed, self-evaluating progress toward plan goals, and sharing results publicly. 

Accountability Components for Three BWSR Programs (pdf) -  A fact sheet clarifying selected accountability components of One Watershed, One Plan; Watershed-Based Implementation Funding, and Performance Review and Assistance Program.

Visit the Water Quality Tools and Models and Planning Information page for more, including project management, logic models.

Templates for Local Governments

Resolution Template for Supporting One Watershed, One Plan Word Document (docx)

Memorandum of Agreement for Planning Template Word Document (docx)

Policy Committee Bylaws Template Word Document (docx)

Consultant Request for Qualifications Template Word Document (docx) 

Reports about the One Watershed, One Plan Program

One Watershed, One Plan Program Evaluation (pdf) - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) contracted with Management Analysis and Development (MAD) to evaluate the administration of BWSR’s One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) program to date. The results of the process and evaluation were provided by MAD to BWSR via an evaluation report in May, 2022.

Exploring Policy Recommendations for Promoting Climate Resilient Watersheds (pdf) - A MS-STEP Capstone paper written in Spring 2022 by students at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Working With State Agencies

Minnesota Water Management Framework (pdf) - roles of state agencies in water management. Printer friendly version (pdf)

State Strategies (pdf) - a summary of plans and strategies that can provide helpful information in the planning process.

State Agency Review and Participation in Planning