Shell Rock River Watershed District

Shell Rock River Watershed District The state formed the Shell Rock River Watershed District (SRRWD) on June 25, 2003, at the request of local citizens. The District covers about 246 square miles, all in Freeborn County, MN.

It is also home to several lakes:
• Pickerel and Mud (715 acres)
• Chapeau (175 acres)
• Fountain (550 acres)
• Albert Lea (2,600 acres)
• Goose (82 acres)
• School Section (69 acres)
• Upper and Lower Twin Lakes (406 acres total)
• Halls Lake (57 acres)
• Sugar Lake (62 acres)
• Church Lake (29 acres)
• Eberhart Lake (20 acres)
All water in the watershed starts here. This watershed receives no wa

It is also home to several lakes:
• Pickerel and Mud (715 acres)
• Chapeau (175 acres)
• Fountain (550 acres)
• Albert Lea (2,600 acres)
• Goose (82 acres)
• School Section (69 acres)
• Upper and Lower Twin Lakes (406 acres total)
• Halls Lake (57 acres)
• Sugar Lake (62 acres)
• Church Lake (29 acres)
• Eberhart Lake (20 acres)
All water in the watershed starts here. This watershed receives no wa

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Thank you Minnesota Senate #mnleg for visiting Albert Lea and learning about the Fountain Lake Restoration Project.  We ...
11/18/2021

Thank you Minnesota Senate #mnleg for visiting Albert Lea and learning about the Fountain Lake Restoration Project. We appreciate your support and consideration as we seek bonding to complete Phase 3 in the ❤ of Albert Lea!
Senator Gene Dornink Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau
Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce

Sunday Funday! Winterize your rain barrel with these helpful tips.  To prevent cracking from temperature change, be sure...
11/14/2021

Sunday Funday! Winterize your rain barrel with these helpful tips. To prevent cracking from temperature change, be sure to use up or drain the water and remove all the parts including spigot, overflow hose, and filter screen. To store, disconnect from your gutter downspout and keep the rain barrel in your garage or basement. If you choose to leave it outside, flip it upside down and cover with a tarp.

Sunday Funday! Winterize your rain barrel with these helpful tips. To prevent cracking from temperature change, be sure to use up or drain the water and remove all the parts including spigot, overflow hose, and filter screen. To store, disconnect from your gutter downspout and keep the rain barrel in your garage or basement. If you choose to leave it outside, flip it upside down and cover with a tarp.

Please do not rake your remaining leaves into storm drains.  All drains lead to our lakes! Compost leaves on site away f...
11/14/2021

Please do not rake your remaining leaves into storm drains. All drains lead to our lakes! Compost leaves on site away from storm drains, wetlands and streams. Contain your compost to keep nutrient-rich water from leaching into the storm system.

Please do not rake your remaining leaves into storm drains. All drains lead to our lakes! Compost leaves on site away from storm drains, wetlands and streams. Contain your compost to keep nutrient-rich water from leaching into the storm system.

SRRWD Board of Managers met last week and discussed the Fountain Lake Restoration Project, Headwaters Property, and One ...
11/13/2021

SRRWD Board of Managers met last week and discussed the Fountain Lake Restoration Project, Headwaters Property, and One Watershed, One Plan. To watch the board meeting, visit https://www.shellrock.org/index.asp?SEC=E02DABAF-E984-4FAB-919B-40436C004FDB&DE=17AD10A9-E699-4940-AF93-758EE73CEFE6&Type=B_BASIC

SRRWD Board of Managers met last week and discussed the Fountain Lake Restoration Project, Headwaters Property, and One Watershed, One Plan. To watch the board meeting, visit https://www.shellrock.org/index.asp?SEC=E02DABAF-E984-4FAB-919B-40436C004FDB&DE=17AD10A9-E699-4940-AF93-758EE73CEFE6&Type=B_BASIC

Please do not rake your remaining leaves into storm drains.  All drains lead to our lakes! Compost leaves on site away f...
11/13/2021

Please do not rake your remaining leaves into storm drains. All drains lead to our lakes! Compost leaves on site away from storm drains, wetlands and streams. Contain your compost to keep nutrient-rich water from leaching into the storm system.

Please do not rake your remaining leaves into storm drains. All drains lead to our lakes! Compost leaves on site away from storm drains, wetlands and streams. Contain your compost to keep nutrient-rich water from leaching into the storm system.

11/13/2021
The final project from the Board of Water and Soil Resources Targeted Watershed Grant is underway and includes the insta...
11/12/2021

The final project from the Board of Water and Soil Resources Targeted Watershed Grant is underway and includes the installation of approximately 2,200 linear feet of waterways. Located near the corner of U.S. Highway 69 and County Road 17, these waterways are important to protect the wetland that is at the bottom of the hill from receiving deposited sediment and its associated nutrients. Contractors were onsite this week but most of the earth moving will be conducted next week or when the ground is suitable.

The final project from the Board of Water and Soil Resources Targeted Watershed Grant is underway and includes the installation of approximately 2,200 linear feet of waterways. Located near the corner of U.S. Highway 69 and County Road 17, these waterways are important to protect the wetland that is at the bottom of the hill from receiving deposited sediment and its associated nutrients. Contractors were onsite this week but most of the earth moving will be conducted next week or when the ground is suitable.

11/11/2021
Bids are due TOMORROW for the following: 1. an approximately 25 foot by 25 foot one car door garage; (newer, connected t...
11/07/2021
Request for Bids - Sale of District Property

Bids are due TOMORROW for the following:

1. an approximately 25 foot by 25 foot one car door garage; (newer, connected to house by
a deck),
2. an approximately 25 foot by 25 foot two car door garage (older, detached and located
east of the house);
3. lean-to (west side of property);
4. house; and
5. windmill.
https://www.shellrock.org/index.asp?SEC=3522B121-F991-4907-ABFA-887D789778FD&DE=B1825F72-71AE-4583-B847-284EB73867B3&Type=B_PR

The official website of the Shell Rock River Watershed District

11/07/2021
Make plans to winterize your rain barrel this weekend.  To prevent cracking, drain the barrel, remove the hose, and stor...
11/06/2021

Make plans to winterize your rain barrel this weekend. To prevent cracking, drain the barrel, remove the hose, and store upside in a garage or basement.

Make plans to winterize your rain barrel this weekend. To prevent cracking, drain the barrel, remove the hose, and store upside in a garage or basement.

The Shell Rock River begins at Albert Lea Lake and flows 113 miles into Iowa. This headwaters river impacts several thou...
11/06/2021

The Shell Rock River begins at Albert Lea Lake and flows 113 miles into Iowa. This headwaters river impacts several thousand people downstream who depend of the Shell Rock, Cedar, Iowa, and Mississippi River for recreation and drinking water. The way we treat our water affects a lot more than just our own county. #DoBetter #waterquality #lakelife #albertlealakes

The Shell Rock River begins at Albert Lea Lake and flows 113 miles into Iowa. This headwaters river impacts several thousand people downstream who depend of the Shell Rock, Cedar, Iowa, and Mississippi River for recreation and drinking water. The way we treat our water affects a lot more than just our own county. #DoBetter #waterquality #lakelife #albertlealakes

Make plans this weekend to winterize your rain barrel! Drain barrel, remove hose, and store in garage/basement, flip ups...
11/06/2021

Make plans this weekend to winterize your rain barrel! Drain barrel, remove hose, and store in garage/basement, flip upside down, or cover with a tarp.

Make plans this weekend to winterize your rain barrel! Drain barrel, remove hose, and store in garage/basement, flip upside down, or cover with a tarp.

#throwbackthursday to 2018 BEFORE active dredging began on Fountain Lake.  To view the amazing results of the Fountain L...
11/04/2021

#throwbackthursday to 2018 BEFORE active dredging began on Fountain Lake. To view the amazing results of the Fountain Lake Restoration Project- Edgewater Bay and Main Bay (West Basin), visit, https://www.shellrock.org/vertical/sites/%7B9804AD9D-40CA-46B1-8F91-CC0257E7304A%7D/uploads/Final_10-7-21.JPG

#throwbackthursday to 2018 BEFORE active dredging began on Fountain Lake. To view the amazing results of the Fountain Lake Restoration Project- Edgewater Bay and Main Bay (West Basin), visit, https://www.shellrock.org/vertical/sites/%7B9804AD9D-40CA-46B1-8F91-CC0257E7304A%7D/uploads/Final_10-7-21.JPG

The Shell Rock River Watershed District Board of Managers will meet Tuesday, November 9, 2021.  To view the agenda, visi...
11/03/2021

The Shell Rock River Watershed District Board of Managers will meet Tuesday, November 9, 2021. To view the agenda, visit www.shellrock.org/events

The Shell Rock River Watershed District Board of Managers will meet Tuesday, November 9, 2021. To view the agenda, visit www.shellrock.org/events

With our rain barrels working over time today, it got us thinking!  How can we save and use our rain water during the wi...
10/28/2021

With our rain barrels working over time today, it got us thinking! How can we save and use our rain water during the winter months?
Save water in recycled jugs and water indoor gardens, houseplants, and real Christmas trees!

With our rain barrels working over time today, it got us thinking! How can we save and use our rain water during the winter months?
Save water in recycled jugs and water indoor gardens, houseplants, and real Christmas trees!

10/26/2021
Happy #bossday to the best! Andy Henschel
10/16/2021

Happy #bossday to the best! Andy Henschel

Technical Specialist, Scott Christenson, reports that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources removed the beaver d...
10/15/2021

Technical Specialist, Scott Christenson, reports that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources removed the beaver dam at the outlet of Lower Twin Lake. Water levels have stabilized with a staff gauge reading of 1.68ft. The ordinary high water staff gauge reading is 2.25ft. To learn more about the outlet at Lower Twin Lake and the beaver issue, please watch the monthly board meeting via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9F6ergDyIQ

Technical Specialist, Scott Christenson, reports that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources removed the beaver dam at the outlet of Lower Twin Lake. Water levels have stabilized with a staff gauge reading of 1.68ft. The ordinary high water staff gauge reading is 2.25ft. To learn more about the outlet at Lower Twin Lake and the beaver issue, please watch the monthly board meeting via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9F6ergDyIQ

As you prepare for Halloween, check out these green tips!
10/14/2021

As you prepare for Halloween, check out these green tips!

As you prepare for Halloween, check out these green tips!

Phase 2 (Main Bay and Dane's Bay) of the Fountain Lake Restoration Project is complete and the dredge and equipment has ...
10/07/2021

Phase 2 (Main Bay and Dane's Bay) of the Fountain Lake Restoration Project is complete and the dredge and equipment has been demobilized. Over 618,400 cubic yards of sediment was removed from this phase and 1,266,658 cubic yards of sediment has been removed from Fountain Lake as a whole! It is critical for the success of the project to complete Phase 3 (Main Bay - East Basin, Bancroft Creek, and parts of Bancroft Bay) but additional funds are needed. The SRRWD is requesting $8.45 million from the legislature in 2022.

Phase 2 (Main Bay and Dane's Bay) of the Fountain Lake Restoration Project is complete and the dredge and equipment has been demobilized. Over 618,400 cubic yards of sediment was removed from this phase and 1,266,658 cubic yards of sediment has been removed from Fountain Lake as a whole! It is critical for the success of the project to complete Phase 3 (Main Bay - East Basin, Bancroft Creek, and parts of Bancroft Bay) but additional funds are needed. The SRRWD is requesting $8.45 million from the legislature in 2022.

Please do NOT dump goldfish into the lake.  They are not native to this area and will breed with common carp, creating a...
10/07/2021

Please do NOT dump goldfish into the lake. They are not native to this area and will breed with common carp, creating a hybrid wild goldfish, only adding to our rough fish problem in our area. Technical Specialist Scott Christenson snapped this picture at the mechanical fish barrier fixed to the Fountain Lake dam as goldfish and common carp travel up Albert Lea Lake channel to try and enter Fountain Lake.

Please do NOT dump goldfish into the lake. They are not native to this area and will breed with common carp, creating a hybrid wild goldfish, only adding to our rough fish problem in our area. Technical Specialist Scott Christenson snapped this picture at the mechanical fish barrier fixed to the Fountain Lake dam as goldfish and common carp travel up Albert Lea Lake channel to try and enter Fountain Lake.

10/05/2021

The dredge, Victor Buhr, was demobilized via Bancroft Channel yesterday. After 4 years of dredging, over 1.26 million cubic yards of sediment has been removed from Fountain Lake.

10/05/2021

It's that time of the year!

Please contact the Recreation Office at 507-377-4370 if there will be a delay in the removal of equipment at your dock space.

The Brookside boat landing will be closed the night of October 3rd and all day October 4th and 5th as J.F. Brennan Compa...
09/29/2021

The Brookside boat landing will be closed the night of October 3rd and all day October 4th and 5th as J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. removes the barges and dredge from Fountain Lake. After 4 years of dredging, over 1.26 million cubic yards of sediment has been removed from Fountain Lake!

The Brookside boat landing will be closed the night of October 3rd and all day October 4th and 5th as J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. removes the barges and dredge from Fountain Lake. After 4 years of dredging, over 1.26 million cubic yards of sediment has been removed from Fountain Lake!

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214 W Main St
Albert Lea, MN
56007

General information

Board Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:30 AM, the meetings are held at the Albert Lea City Council Chambers, 221 E. Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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(507) 377-5785

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Thank you Minnesota Senate #mnleg for visiting Albert Lea and learning about the Fountain Lake Restoration Project. We appreciate your support and consideration as we seek bonding to complete Phase 3 in the ❤ of Albert Lea! Senator Gene Dornink Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce
Sunday Funday! Winterize your rain barrel with these helpful tips. To prevent cracking from temperature change, be sure to use up or drain the water and remove all the parts including spigot, overflow hose, and filter screen. To store, disconnect from your gutter downspout and keep the rain barrel in your garage or basement. If you choose to leave it outside, flip it upside down and cover with a tarp.
Please do not rake your remaining leaves into storm drains. All drains lead to our lakes! Compost leaves on site away from storm drains, wetlands and streams. Contain your compost to keep nutrient-rich water from leaching into the storm system.
SRRWD Board of Managers met last week and discussed the Fountain Lake Restoration Project, Headwaters Property, and One Watershed, One Plan. To watch the board meeting, visit https://www.shellrock.org/index.asp?SEC=E02DABAF-E984-4FAB-919B-40436C004FDB&DE=17AD10A9-E699-4940-AF93-758EE73CEFE6&Type=B_BASIC
Please do not rake your remaining leaves into storm drains. All drains lead to our lakes! Compost leaves on site away from storm drains, wetlands and streams. Contain your compost to keep nutrient-rich water from leaching into the storm system.
The final project from the Board of Water and Soil Resources Targeted Watershed Grant is underway and includes the installation of approximately 2,200 linear feet of waterways. Located near the corner of U.S. Highway 69 and County Road 17, these waterways are important to protect the wetland that is at the bottom of the hill from receiving deposited sediment and its associated nutrients. Contractors were onsite this week but most of the earth moving will be conducted next week or when the ground is suitable.
Thankful for great partners as the SRRWD requests funding to complete the third and FINAL phase of the Fountain Lake Restoration Project - Main Bay (East Basin), Bancroft Creek, and parts of Bancroft Bay. Together we can achieve the goal of fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water! https://www.albertleatribune.com/2021/11/city-watershed-lay-out-bonding-fund-requests/
Bids are due TOMORROW for the following: 1. an approximately 25 foot by 25 foot one car door garage; (newer, connected to house by a deck), 2. an approximately 25 foot by 25 foot two car door garage (older, detached and located east of the house); 3. lean-to (west side of property); 4. house; and 5. windmill. https://www.shellrock.org/index.asp?SEC=3522B121-F991-4907-ABFA-887D789778FD&DE=B1825F72-71AE-4583-B847-284EB73867B3&Type=B_PR