• serve the residents of the District
  • wisely and judiciously managing water resources
  • sustaining and enhancing social, economic, natural resources

Current River Levels

Current Conditions
Sand Hill River near Climax, Minnesota (Source: USGS and NWS)

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Board of managers

The board of managers meets the first Tuesday of every month. The district posts the minutes of each meeting monthly. The next board meeting is scheduled for January 8, 2018 at 8 AM. **Note the change due to the holiday.

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Buffer law

The Buffer Law that was signed into law by Governor Dayton in June 2015 was amended on April 25, 2016, and further amended by legislation signed by Governor Dayton on May 30, 2017. Click here for a DNR Buffer Map.

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river recreation

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Located in the center of the Red River Watershed in Northwest Minnesota, the Sand Hill River Watershed is one of the 10 major watershed in the Red River Basin.

As you navigate our website, you will find valuable resources such as our monthly minutes, riverwatch data, project team agendas or just simply download a ditching permit. This website has been carefully organized to suit your needs; the information you are searching for can be easily found using the menu bar located above.

  • River Clean Up Efforts: 
    The Sand Hill River Watershed District was the recipient of clean water funds for river clean up efforts. The Conservation Corp completed work on the Sand Hill River west of Fertile at the West Mill Site extending all the way to Polk County 44. The district expresses their gratitute to the Conservation Corp for a job well done! To read more and view images, click here.

  • Sediment Basin Success!

    With Clean Water Funds and Sand Hill River Watershed District aid, East Polk SWCD has helped farmers install 133 structures
    to fix gullies and curb erosion, benefitting farmers and the river. Read More

  • Dan Wilkens has served the Sand Hill River Watershed District for over 43 years! Join the Sand Hill River Watershed District board of managers as we bid him farewell and best wishes for a happy retirement! Click here for more information.