• 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 February 14, 2019 at 8 AM. **Note the change due to the scheduling conflicts.

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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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Welcome!

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.


  • PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: 
    Notice is hereby given, that the Sand Hill River Watershed District Board of Managers shall conduct a public hearing on February 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Sand Hill River Watershed District Office, 219 North Mill Street, Fertile, MN 56540.

    The public hearing will address the proposed Amended Permit and Drainage Rules and can be viewed clicking here or at the Sand Hill River Watershed District Office located at 219 North Mill Street, Fertile, MN 56540.             

    The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit public input and comment relating to the proposed Amended Permit and Drainage Rules.  Said proposed Amended Permit and Drainage Rules shall become effective after adoption by the Sand Hill River Watershed District Board of Managers and publication in the legal newspaper of the counties located within the Sand Hill River Watershed District.

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  • 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

  • DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR
  • The Sand Hill River Watershed District welcomes April Swenby as the district Administrator. Swenby will begin her role as Administrator January 1, 2019. Swenby has served the district for over 17 years as the Administrative Assistant and looks forward to her new role in leadership.