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The LRRWMO has recently completed its 4th generation Watershed Management Plan. The Plan will guide LRRWMO activities from 2022-2031. The Plan was approved by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and adopted by the LRRWMO Board of Managers on December 16, 2021.


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:  763-434-2030 x.14, 2015 First Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303.

Meeting Schedule

Generally, the LRRWMO meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8am at the Anoka City Hall.

Upcoming Meetings:

Tentative Meetings for 2023:

January 19February 16March 16
April 20May 18June 15
July 20August 17September 21
October 19November 16December 21