Welcome to the Le Sueur River Watershed Network

    The Le Sueur River Watershed is located in south central Minnesota and drains 711,838 acres of farmland, cities, grasslands, and parks. The headwaters of the Le Sueur River is in northern Freeborn County and meets the Blue Earth River near Mankato. Eventually the water drained from the watershed reaches the Minnesota River, and flows downstream to the Mississippi River.

    The Le Sueur River Watershed Network exists to encourage collaboration, empower citizens and nurture a land stewardship ethic amongst those that live, work and recreate in the watershed. The Network is guided by recommendations developed by their Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) over a series of meetings from January-May 2013 and ratified by the rest of the Network. The recommendations are described in the Seven Steps Towards Cleaner Water and River Health that were developed by Le Sueur River Watershed farmers and citizens.


    Governor’s Buffer Initiative
    Governor Mark Dayton has proposed an initiative aimed at protecting Minnesota’s waters from erosion and runoff pollution.

    Known as the Buffer Initiative, the legislation requires at least 50 feet of perennial vegetation around Minnesota’s waters. Buffers help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment by slowing runoff, trapping sediment with these pollutants and allowing vegetation to absorb them.

    Governor’s News Release

    For more information on the buffer initiative and how buffers work follow this link.


    Stormwater Mini-Grants Available
    Faribault County SWCD received a grant from the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources to offer non-profit community groups mini grants to implement stormwater/non-point source reduction practices in Faribault County, Freeborn County, and the Le Sueur River Watershed.  Non-profit community groups are asked to fill out the application and submit electronically no later than 4PM on April 30, 2015.  All projects must be completed in full by December 1, 2015.

    RFP Instructions – Application guidelines, eligible activities, application instructions

    Comments invited on strategies for restoring waters in Le Sueur River area

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites comments on two reports outlining strategies to restore the Le Sueur River and other waters in its drainage area, also called a watershed. The reports are open for comment through April 29. This watershed is one of the highest polluting watersheds in Minnesota, according to data collected statewide. Impairments – waters that fail to meet standards – are common throughout the watershed.

    The reports include Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies along with reports on reducing pollutants in the Little Cobb River, Le Sueur River, Boot Creek, Rice Creek, County Ditch 3 and Cobb River as well as Madison, Elysian, Eagle and Freeborn lakes.

    The full report is available online by going to the www.pca.state.mn.us and searching “Le Sueur River Watershed”. There is also a Le Sueur River Watershed WRAPS Report Summary available. searching for “Le Sueur watershed.” 

    Comments on the reports are due by 4:30 p.m. on April 29, to Paul Davis, MPCA project manager, at paul.a.davis@state.mn.us or 12 Civic Center Dr., Ste. 2165, Mankato, MN. Davis can be reached by at 507-344-5246 or 800-657-3864.

    Written comments must include a statement of your interest in the report; a statement of the action you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to sections of the draft report you believe should be changed; and specific reasons for your position.