Carver County Water Management Organization provides two permits, a water rules permit and a wetland permit.
Applications and more information can be found by expanding the sections below.
The water rules permit (officially the Carver County Water Resource Management Ordinance) regulates construction sites larger than one acre in size. The permit requires erosion and sediment control during construction, and requires installation of practices to treat storm water runoff after construction is complete.
The permit ensures that runoff from development and redevelopment activities do not harm water resources. Pollutants, such as sediment and phosphorus, wash off unprotected construction sites during rain events and into nearby lakes, rivers and wetlands. Additionally, developed areas with hard surfaces like pavement create large amounts of storm water runoff that contain oil, salt, bacteria, trash and other pollutants that washed into lakes, rivers and wetlands.
The current water rules were adopted by County Board October 15th, 2016. They help the organization with the following.
- Meet the requirements for adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
- Provide uniform requirements across the watershed management organization and in different jurisdictions
- Meet the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements
- Implement the goals in the Water Management Plan
- Prevent existing water management issues from becoming more problematic
Apply for a permit
Prior to submitting an application please contact staff (see below) to determine the type of permit needed and if a meeting with the development review team would be beneficial. Review time for applications can be reduced if these meetings are included in the process. The development review team includes staff from Carver County Planning & Water Management, Carver County Soil and Water Conservation District, and applicable city departments.
Complete applications may be submitted to the staff contacts listed below. Electronic submissions are preferred. Permit applications are reviewed by department staff and comments are typically returned within 10 business days.
- Best management practices guidelines
- Maintenance declaration
- Calculator standard
- Calculator linear projects
The wetland permit is implemented in townships in accordance with the State’s Wetland Conservation Act. It's purpose is to maintain and protect Minnesota’s wetlands and the benefits they provide.
The Wetland Conservation Act requires anyone proposing to drain, fill, or excavate a wetland to:
- first, try to avoid disturbing the wetland;
- second, try to minimize any impact on the wetland; and,
- finally, replace any lost wetland acres, functions, and values.
Most activities that involve altering a wetland will need review and comment by Carver County. The extent of the review will depend on the type of alteration being proposed.
Application Information and Guidance
Carver County Property Information (to view available wetland information, create a site map, etc)