Watershed district (Minnesota)

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Watershed districts are special government entities in the U.S. state of Minnesota that monitor and regulate the use of water in watersheds surrounding various lakes and rivers in the state. The districts cover the natural regions of the watersheds, rather than politically-defined regions. They are run by a board of managers, who are appointed by commissions in the counties the districts cover.

The districts were first authorized by legislation in 1955. There are now 46 districts in the state. District boards coordinate activities with the state, as well as the counties, cities, and soil and water conservation districts they cover. In comparison with public bodies in other countries, watershed districts are most similar to the internal drainage boards of England and Wales, Waterschappen of the Netherlands and Consorzi di bonifica e irrigazione of Italy.

List of watershed districts in Minnesota[edit]

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