"The mission of the Pelican River Watershed District is to enhance the quality of water in the lakes within its jurisdiction. It is understood that to accomplish this, the District must ensure that wise decisions are made concerning the management of streams, wetlands, lakes, groundwater, and related land resources which affect these lakes."
PRWD accomplishes its mission through the following programs.
- Watershed Rules and Permitting
- Stormwater & Best Management Practices
- Monitoring and Mapping
- Water Resource Improvement Projects
- Aquatic Invasive Species monitoring/prevention and management
- Education and Outreach
- Providing technical assistance
- Funding water quality improvement projects and programs
Pelican River Watershed District History
The District celebrated "50 Years of Protecting Water Quality" in 2016 with a gathering at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Brett Arne representing the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Conservation presented a plaque to Managers and Staff recognizing their many achievements throughout the years. Speakers at the event included Tim James of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Kelcey Klemm Administrator at the City of Detroit Lakes, and John Okeson representing the Becker County Commissioners.
In honor of the 50th celebration, Dick Hecock, former Administrator of the District, along with staff assistance, compiled a booklet that outlines the history of the region and the events that lead up to the establishment of the Pelican River Watershed District (PRWD). It further details how the District has been managed from the beginning through the current day; including appointed managers, meeting times and places, watershed plans, staff and finances. And lastly it highlights the objectives and accomplishment of each decade. Copies of this booklet are available in our office or you may read a complete version by clicking on the links below.
History & Establishment
Managers, Meetings, Plans
Highlights of Each Decade
50th Anniversary 1 page handout