For Cleaner Water
       & Fewer Floods  

Zumbro River Watershed  – Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS)

Minnesota has adopted a watershed approach to gauge the health of lakes and streams in the state’s 81 major watersheds. This approach looks at a drainage area as a whole instead of focusing on lakes and stream sections one at a time.

This watershed approach incorporates the following into a 10-year cycle.


Upcoming WRAPS Events

Final meeting of the

Zumbro River Watershed WRAPS

(Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy)  

Saturday January 28, 2017
9 AM - Noon
People's Energy Cooperative Meeting Room
1775 Lake Shady Ave S.
Oronoco, MN 55960

This will be an all watershed meeting similar to our first event back in March. The main agenda item for the meeting will be to review and give feedback on the draft WRAPS document and TMDL drafts being prepared by LimnoTech and MPCA.  In addition, there will be a talk from BWSR on the Clean Water Legacy Fund and local farmer Tom Pyferoen will share his experience working with cover crops and livestock to benefit soil health and water quality.  

Click on the links below for the meeting agenda and draft sections (these materials are for discussion purposes only).

Agenda & Draft Sections

Finale Meeting Presentations (click links to download .pdf version)


Past WRAPS Events

Zumbro River Watershed (ZRW) 

Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) Meetings for the

South Fork and Lake Zumbro, Middle and North Forks, and Lower Zumbro River Lobes 

November 15 and 16, 2016

Lower Zumbro River Lobe

Tuesday November 15th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Theilman Opera House

62643 261th Avenue

Theilman, MN 55945


Middle and North Forks Zumbro River Lobe

Tuesday November 15th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

People’s Coop Meeting Room

1775 Lake Shady Ave S.

Oronoco, MN 55960


South Fork Zumbro River and Lake Zumbro Lobe

Wednesday November 16th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Cascade Meadows 2900 19th Street NW 

Rochester, MN 55901

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Meeting Handouts (click to download)

Round 3 Meeting Agenda

Best Management Practices 

Output Priority Areas

Meeting PowerPoint Presentations (click to download a pdf version)

WRAPS Round Three Introduction

Cold Creek Presentation

DNR Water Use Permits

Wellhead Protection

Waters That Support Aquatic Life Presentation

Wildlife Management Areas

Rice Lake Presentation


WRAPS Meeting Materials

Download PDF versions of workshop materials and PowerPoint presentations

WRAPS Lake Zumbro Improvement Association Handout, 10-19-16

WRAPS Kickoff Meeting, March 19, 2016

If you'd like to download and watch slide show presentation from the March 19 WRAPS Kickoff Meeting, you can download them here.

Zumbro Kickoff Slideshow

Lake Zumbro Model

Planning Using Zonation

Zumbro Computer Modeling

Zumbro Monitorig, Assessment, and Stressor Identification

WRAPS Lobe Meetings, June 7-8, 2016

Lobe Meeting Agenda

Nitrogen Sources

Sediment/Phosphorus Sources

Round 1 Lobe Meeting

Discovery Farms Presentation

Lake Zumbro Restoration

Rochester Water Reclamation Plant

Zumbro Watershed Hydrology Model

Stormwater Management


WRAPS Round 2 Lobe Meetings, August 9-10, 2016

Round 2 Lobe Meeting Agenda (text)

Round 2 Lobe Meeting Agenda

Round 2 Goals

Round 2 Zonation

Round 2 Best Management Practices

Round 2 North and Middle Fork Zumbro River Scenarios

Round 2 South Fork Zumbro River Scenarios

Round 2 Main Stem Zumbro River Scenarios

Contact Us:

Mailing Address: Zumbro Watershed Partnership, Inc.
1485 Industrial Drive NW, Room 102
Rochester, MN 55901

Office Address: Education Coordinator Kevin Strauss
   Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District Office
2122 Campus Drive SE, Suite 200
Rochester, MN 55904