Project Team Members
SH River Eco System Restoration Project

Updated March 2024

Upcoming Meetings


The SHRWD will host a Project Team Meeting for the SH River Ecosystem Restoration on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 10 am at the District Office, 219 N Mill Street, Fertile, MN 56540. The full meeting announcement can be found here.

Meeting Highlights from March 2023 Meeting

Meeting Highlights from November 2023 meeting


The concept of a “Project Team” was created in the Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction (FDR) Work Group mediation agreement, December 9, 1998. The agreement outlines a project development process for reducing flood damages and improving natural resources in the Minnesota portion of the Red River Basin. The agreement also involves early consultation and collaboration among all stakeholders and a cooperative approach to permitting projects.

Project Team Responsibilities

The Project Team is responsible for working with a project from development of a project concept to project construction and monitoring. A Project Team (PT) consists of appropriate stakeholders (watershed districts, state, federal and tribal agency personnel, local government officials, affected landowners and interested citizen group representatives), including at least one designated contact person from each agency. Members of the PT are appointed by the local watershed board of managers. More specifically, the work of a PT is to:

  • Identify problems and opportunities for flood damage reduction and natural resource enhancement in areas identified by the watershed district.
  • Formulate and evaluate alternative solutions that will address the problems and opportunities.
  • Recommend preferred alternative solutions to the watershed district.
  • Identify and clarify regulatory requirements and permitting.
  • Review and comment on key project documents.
  • Assist in formulation of project operating and monitoring plans where required.
CLICK HERE FOR to learn about the separation of duties between the district board and the project team!
PT Handbook

The FDR Work Group has developed a PT Handbook that contains all the information needed to manage the PT process. The Handbook is available for watershed district managers and administrators as well as the members of the PTs. The Handbook can be found at this website.

Mediation Agreement

The Mediation Agreement is the product of eight months of consensus-based, mediated negotiations by the Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group (“Work Group”). It responds to a mandate from the Minnesota Legislature to resolve gridlock over state permitting of flood damage reduction projects in the Red River Basin. The agreement is intended as the framework for a new, collaborative approach to implementing both flood damage reduction and natural resource protection and enhancement in the Red River Basin in ways that will benefit all Minnesota’s citizens. The keys to this new approach are clearly identified goals, comprehensive watershed planning, early consultation and collaboration on flood damage reduction projects among stakeholders, and a cooperative approach to permitting of those projects.

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