One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) is a program through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) that supports partnerships of local governments in developing prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plans. Key principles are planning at the major watershed level and aligning local plans with state strategies. Plans created through the 1W1P program are called comprehensive watershed management plans because they address water quality and quantity, groundwater, drinking water, habitat, recreation, and locally identified issues.
The underlying principle of watershed management is that people, land, and water are connected.
People use land in a variety of ways and affect ecosystems and ultimately their own communities for better or worse. Managing and protecting the environment while providing a high quality of life for people is a complex process that is most successful, when governing bodies, community members, and experts in various fields are true partners in the planning process.
Using existing local governments which already manage local water resources, a cooperative and collaborative partnership was developed under a Memorandum of Agreement. The Two River Plus 1W1P planning partners include Two Rivers Watershed District, Kittson County, Kittson SWCD, Roseau County and Roseau SWCD. Collectively, the parties are called the "Two Rivers Plus Planning Group".
The Two Rivers Plus 1W1P Planning Group will be aligning comprehensive local water planning on a major watershed boundary – the Two Rivers watershed (and Joe River watershed) to create just one plan. In the past, the planning partners produced three different plans split along political boundaries (county lines). This new watershed-based approach will pull together local expertise and knowledge, along with a broad range of community stakeholders and field experts, to produce a plan with multiple benefits such as flood control, water quality benefits, ecological benefits, administration efficiencies, and economic benefits.
The Two Rivers Plus watershed will ultimately have a unique plan that is custom developed and consequently locally supported to address the largest threats and provide the greatest environmental benefit.