The lakes, streams, rivers in Morrison County cover approximately 20,000 acres of the County and an additional 195,000 acres are covered by wetlands. Combined, the surface water features cover approximately 30% of the County. The lakes, streams, rivers and the protected wetlands of the County are governed by the Morrison County Land Use Control Ordinance. For property owners who live on or near the Mississippi River there is also The Mississippi Headwaters Board Comprehensive Management Plan to refer to.
The classification of lakes as well as structure setbacks, bluffs, vegetation and topographic alterations are addressed in this ordinance. Permits are required for all construction, grading and filling, and other shoreline projects.
Morrison County delegated the implementation of the local water plan to the Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in 2009. The County and SWCD are active participants in in the One Watershed One Plan process for each of the watersheds located within the County.
The current plans in place are:
- Comprehensive Local Water Plan (PDF)
- Long Prairie One Watershed One Plan (PDF)
- Rum River One Watershed One Plan (PDF)
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
- 2022 AIS Prevention Plan (PDF)
- AIS Information Page (PDF)
- AIS Green Prairie Fish Lake Article
- AIS Minnesota Traditions
- Morrison County AIS Risk Assessment (PDF)
- Morrison AIS Risk Assessment Executive Summary (PDF)
- Zebra Mussel Infestation Risk (PNG)
- Zebra Mussel Public Risk (PNG)
- Zebra Mussel Suitability Risk (PNG)