Lower Rum River WMO
Protecting & managing the waters of the Lower Rum River Watershed in western Anoka County, MN

News and Announcements

Watershed Plan Update – The Lower Rum River WMO is updating its 10-year watershed management plan.  The plan will guide the WMO’s actions from approximately 2022-2032.  It will include priorities, goals, strategies, and projects.

The draft Plan was distributed for a 60-day formal review by state agencies and other plan review authorities from May 28. 2021 through July 27, 2021. Consistent with Minnesota Statutes 103B.231, the LRRWMO responded to reviewer comments and held a public hearing on the draft Plan on Thursday, September 16, 2021 (see notice linked below):

The LRRWMO has revised the draft Plan in response to reviewer comments and released an updated draft of the Plan for 90-day review consistent with Minnesota Statues 103B.231 Subd, 9. The 90-day draft Plan and response to comments are available from the links below:

LRRWMO 2022-2031 Watershed Management Plan – 90-day review draft

60-day formal review comments and LRRWMO responses

New links to keep you posted on the latest with the LRRWMO


The Lower Rum River Watershed Management Organization (LRRWMO) is a joint powers special purpose unit of government including the cities of Ramsey, Anoka, and portions of Andover.

The WMO Board is made up of representatives from each of these cities. This organization seeks to protect and improve lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater, and other water resources across municipal boundaries. These goals are pursued through

  •  water quality and flow monitoring
  •  investigative studies of problems
  •  coordinating improvement projects
  •  education campaigns
  •  a permitting process
  •  others at the WMO's discretion

All of the WMO's activities are guided by their Watershed Management Plan.

Resources of particular importance to the LRRWMO include the Rum River, Trott Brook, numerous ditches that drain to the Rum River, Round Lake, Lake Itasca, and numerous wetlands. The Mississippi River is also notable, as it borders the southern edge of the WMO's jurisdictional area. Because little of the land area in the LRRWMO drains directly to the Mississippi, but rather to the Rum River, the Mississippi receives protection from the WMO primarily through management of the Rum.

Most projects that may directly or indirectly affect water resources are required to have a permit from the LRRWMO. If you are considering a construction project or projects in or around wetlands, streams, rivers, or lakes, you should further research permit requirements on this website, or contact a LRRWMO representative: 763-767-5131, 2015 First Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303

Meetings: 3rd Thursday 8:00am at the Anoka City Hall

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Lower Rum River watershed map with parcels
Meeting Schedule

Generally, the LRRWMO meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8am at the Anoka City Hall. Tentative Meetings for 2021: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16

Agenda & Minutes
WMO Mailing Address
LRRWMO c/o Anoka City Hall 2015 First Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303
See individual board members