A crew builds a grassed waterway July 16 in the headwaters of the Root River’s south branch in eastern Mower County. This project was one of seven grassed waterways led by Mower SWCD in 2020, with most funded through the Root River One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P).

Busy year in Root River’s uplands

More than 4 miles of grassed waterways built in eastern Mower

Stormwater flows down a grassed waterway built by Mower SWCD in northern Mower County.
Top soil is added to a grassed waterway being built in July 2020 in eastern Mower County in the headwaters of the Root River’s south branch.
A grassed waterway nears completion in July 2020 in eastern Mower County in the headwaters of the Root River’s middle branch.
Mower SWCD’s Paul Hunter, a district tech and a certified conservation planner, checks an erosive field in fall 2019 in Mower County’s Frankford Township.
Highlighted in blue — including much of eastern Mower County — is the area covered by the Root River One Watershed, One Plan’s comprehensive planning document. The Upper Iowa River watershed in the LeRoy area also is incorporated in the plan.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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