Cody Fox, project manager for Cedar River Watershed District, explains Oct. 16, 2019, the upstream storage structure of CRWD’s Dobbins 1 project to members of The Hormel Foundation and other community leaders and project partners in the headwaters of Dobbins Creek’s north branch in Dexter Township.

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CRWD’s Dexter 30-Dam 1 berm — part of the district’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) — temporarily holds back stormwater May 27, 2020, in the upland area of Dobbins Creek’s south branch in Dexter Township.
CRWD project manager Cody Fox checks a CIP structure on March 9, 2020, as snowmelt is temporarily stored behind the upstream Dobbins 1 berm.
CRWD administrator Justin Hanson (on right) addresses a group, including members of The Hormel Foundation’s Board of Directors, on Oct. 16, 2020, above the outlet of the upstream Dobbins 1 stormwater-detention structure in Dexter Township. This water eventually flows in Dobbins Creek’s north branch.
CRWD’s Cody Fox explains Oct. 16, 2019, how the district’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects work to improve water quality and reduce flooding.
Vehicles drive through a stretch of Interstate 90 flooded by the nearby Dobbins Creek on June 12, 2008, in northeast Austin downstream from the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. CRWD’s CIP projects are heavily focused on the Dobbins watershed to reduce the effects of its propensity for flash flooding.

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.