News

1/26/17 - National Weather Service – Significant Spring Flood Threat for the Red River Basin
Red River of the North residents can expect a significant chance of spring flooding due to the wet fall, heavy winter snow pack, and expected cooler and snowier conditions for the remainder of winter.  According to the National Weather Service:

12/29/16 - GIS Runoff and Sediment-Based Ditch System Charge Method Developed
The International Water Institute recently completed a project for the MN Board of Soil and Water Resources Drainage Work Group that developed a practical, transparent, science-based, and cost-effective prototype Geographic Information System (GIS) method for application by a drainage authority

2/29/16 - 2016 Spring Flood Outlook
Greg Gust from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks ND has issued a 2016 spring flood outlook: The threat for significant, impactful, snowmelt flooding remains low:    — Slightly less than historical risk for Red River Basin locales.   

1/5/16 - International Water Institute Developing Runoff-Based Drainage Project Assessment Method
The MN Board of Soil and Water Resources has contracted with the International Water Institute (Institute) to develop a GIS method to assess MN drainage projects. The GIS Assessment Project will create a statewide prototype option for redetermination of monetary benefits,

5/8/15 - Using Technology to Achieve Water Quality Goals Webinar Series Announced
The International Water Institute has announced a series of webinars focusing on emerging technologies to help users identify locations where best management practices (BMPs) and conservation practices (CPs) provide the most “bang for their buck”. Across the nation, water resources policy makers

4/2/15 - 20th Annual River Watch Forum Held in Crookston
The International Water Institute a hosted the 20th Anniversary River Watch Forum on March 17, 2015 at the University of Minnesota-Crookston Campus. River Watch Forums are held every spring to provide opportunities for students and teachers from throughout the Red

2/10/15 - 3rd Annual Soil Health Workshop Feb. 26th Grand Forks Alerus Center
The Grand Forks County Soil Conservation District and the US Natural Resource Conservation Service are holding the 3rd Annual Soil Health Workshop Thursday February 26, 2015 at the Grand Forks Alerus Center. Workshop topics include: Building Soil Health Cover Crops

1/14/15 - International Water Institute Publishes Process Management Guidance for Project Teams
The 1998 MN Flood Damage Reduction Work Group Mediation Agreement established a stakeholder-driven planning process that utilizes Project Teams comprised of stakeholders to provide for early coordination and communication during project development and permitting. The International Water Institute has documented recent

10/27/14 - Water Management Options for Surface Drainage Presented to Local Managers
Chuck Fritz, Director of the International Water Institute, presented the Basin Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee’s (BTSAC) “Briefing Paper #3: Water Management Options for Surface Drainage” to the North Dakota Red River Joint Water Resource District (9/9) and the MN

8/15/14 - BTSAC Surface Drainage Study Completed
The Basin Technical Advisory Committee (BTSAC) is wrapping up its efforts to study the effects of surface drainage on flooding and develop management recommendations for Red River Basin water managers.  BTSAC’s charge was to: Determine how to best manage existing